Meharry Medical College, the historically Black medical school in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced a new partnership with HCA Healthcare, which operates 177 hospitals in 20 states and the United Kingdom. HCA employs 240,00 people and treats 27 million patients a year.
Under the agreement, medical students at Meharry will receive their clinical training at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. For years, Meharry students trained at Nashville General Hospital, which is located on the school’s North Nashville campus. Yet, patient volumes at the hospital dropped in recent years, forcing the medical school to send students to several other hospitals outside of Nashville to receive training. This new agreement, which will take effect in the summer of 2018, will allow all Meharry students to receive training in the city.
James E.K. Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College, said that “this partnership bolsters the mission of Meharry, providing the resources and reach we need to serve the underserved and eliminate health disparities in Nashville and beyond. It advances our vision of forging innovative partnerships that create the best opportunities for our students and the local community.”