The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), the University’s community-focused teaching hospital, has been the topic of much community debate over the last several months. UToledo leadership, including the University Board of Trustees, has worked tirelessly the last several years to stabilize UTMC.
As the only remaining independent hospital in our community, UTMC faces significant challenges as market shifts in healthcare favor large, corporate health systems.
And yet, UTMC has a unique and vital role in Toledo.
Located on UToledo’s Health Science Campus, UTMC provides high-quality patient care and clinical learning experiences for some 200 healthcare learners from the University’s Colleges of Health and Human Services, Medicine and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the past, UTMC had been the University’s primary clinical training site, but because of its small size, there has always been the need to partner with other healthcare entities to provide enough learning opportunities for our students.
“UTMC is an exceptional clinical learning site for our University,” said Interim UToledo President Gregory Postel. “We’re preparing the next generation of health professionals in the fields of nursing, respiratory care, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and medicine. These learners will soon be the healthcare leaders our region needs.”
While the hospital is best known for specialties like orthopaedics, cancer treatment, kidney transplant, and behavioral health, UTMC also provides critical care for the Toledo community through the hospital’s emergency department and primary care physicians. In an effort to enhance and expand services that are critically needed in the Toledo community, the hospital is exploring new and expanded partnerships with the Toledo Clinic, Veterans Affairs, and the Lucas County Mental Health Board and will continue its close working relationship with the University of Toledo Physician group.
The hospital recently announced a three-year partnership between the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at UTMC and The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers to expand services and oncology resources to residents of northwest Ohio. The arrangement creates collaboration between physicians, shared services, research, and clinical trials.
The hospital’s primary care physicians are ready and able to help you and your family. Whether you need a well-child visit, an annual physical, treatment for a sudden illness, or ongoing care for a chronic condition, your primary care provider is an important part of your circle of care. Familiar with your health history and ongoing health needs, a primary care provider from family or internal medicine should be your first call for general health concerns. They can diagnose current ailments and prescribe a course of treatment to get you on the road to good health and continued wellness.
UTMC’s Emergency Department continues to treat heart attacks and strokes, as well as other acute care needs, such as severe abdominal pain, breaks, sprains and severe cuts that need stitches, and provides on-site access to specialists in cardiology, infectious diseases, general surgery, neurology, and orthopaedics, just to name a few. UTMC’s team of board-certified emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, registered nurses, and other specially trained staff can provide immediate treatment of any medical or surgical emergency.
“Our hospital is open and ready to care for you and your family. We are grateful for the support of our entire community and our patients who have trusted us with their care,” said UTMC CEO Rick Swaine. “If you or your family needs medical care, our outstanding primary care physicians at the Comprehensive Care Clinic are ready to care for you. And while I hope you don’t need it, we’re also here for you in the event of an emergency.”