HSC, MedStar expand partnership

Published on August 30, 2022

two ambulances parked in front of Medstar's headquarters

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and MedStar Mobile Healthcare are working together to promote health in North Texas.

Leaders from the two healthcare entities recently signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines a formal working relationship aimed at enhancing health education and training, research and the delivery of healthcare services in the community.

The pairing of HSC and MedStar is a natural fit. Patient-centered care, community health outreach and innovation are at the heart of both organizations’ missions and values.

The two organizations will collaborate on big-picture health issues in the community. These could include raising awareness about local health and service needs, advocating for values-based models of care, working together on training and research projects and collaborating on grant funding.

The main goal laid out in the agreement is to create a healthier population in North Texas, said Jessica Rangel, HSC’s executive vice president of health systems.

How the partnership will work

MedStar will provide health and safety data to HSC for academic research; create training opportunities and educational events for HSC students; and seek out mutually beneficial grants and partnerships for innovative healthcare programs among other activities.

HSC will help MedStar develop training modules on current healthcare issues; consult MedStar on emerging healthcare issues; seek out grants and partnership opportunities; and make other contributions.

“MedStar is thrilled to expand our relationship with HSC,” said MedStar CEO Kenneth Simpson. “We are building on our existing partnerships that address community health needs such as fall-risk identification in the elderly for EMS patients, improving first responder and dementia caregivers to improve older adult EMS outcomes and age-friendly emergency medicine services. This enhanced partnership will take EMS care delivery to a new, transformative direction and help prepare MedStar and HSC to meet the changing EMS needs of our community.”

Ultimately, Rangel said, the community will benefit from this historic partnership, as both entities continue to collaborate on innovative healthcare projects.



Photo: MedStar will create training opportunities and educational events for HSC students, among other collaborations.



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