PHILADELPHIA, PA — Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHC) and Thomas Jefferson University announced that Acadia’s Belmont Behavioral Health Hospital recently entered into a formal affiliation agreement with Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to further teaching and clinical care opportunities for students in behavioral healthcare.
This newly formed primary academic affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University will broaden the scope of the relationship, making Belmont and other local Acadia facilities a primary clinical behavioral health teaching site for Jefferson’s psychiatric residents, fellows, health sciences and medical students.
In addition to supporting the clinical teaching mission of Jefferson, this partnership will serve to further integrate behavioral health care with medical care, enhancing clinical outcomes for those we care for and together we will look to partner on new opportunities to enhance access and to co-develop state of the art programs that meet the growing need for behavioral healthcare services.
“We are honored to be partnering with such a prestigious and renowned University and Health System,” said Mark Schor, Division President of Acadia Healthcare. “Today we are formalizing what has been a long-standing collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University, its affiliates and Belmont Behavioral Health and Acadia.”
Thomas Jefferson University is a model professional university born out of a unique merger of Philadelphia University and Jefferson in 2017. Through its distinctive and award-winning 21st-century curriculum, the University prepares students with the skills they need to succeed and lead now and in the future of work. The University’s health system – Jefferson Health – is improving lives through exceptional care in the Greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey. Ranking in 23 types of care, Jefferson continues to top U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals in the area.
“We are excited to work together not only to support our clinical teaching mission, but to further the integration of behavioral healthcare and medical care to improve clinical outcomes,” said Matt Dane Baker, PA-C, DHSc, Interim Provost of Thomas Jefferson University.
“This relationship will also allow for co-development of new programs combining the resources of both organizations in the pursuit of advancing both teaching and clinical care in behavioral healthcare to the communities and patients we serve,” added John Lauriello, MD, Daniel Lieberman Professor & Chair, Behavioral Health of Thomas Jefferson University.
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