Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore recently renewed their strategic alliance agreement.
The affiliation extends many of the existing collaborations that bring together a wide range of experts and clinical programs from both institutions to provide increased access to quality medical care for patients in the region. Johns Hopkins and AAMC formed the alliance five years ago.
The wide-ranging strategic agreement includes a shared focus on healthcare reform, the potential of joint clinical programs, satellite healthcare centers, collaboration on clinical research and exploring the development of joint physician graduate medical education programs.
In December, Johns Hopkins and AAMC held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Odenton (Md.) Medical Pavilion, which provides outpatient primary care and specialty services for residents in West County, Md.
The organizations also collaborate in providing healthcare services on the Eastern Shore at AAMCs satellite facility in Kent Island, Md.
Earlier in 2012, AAMCs DeCesaris Cancer Institute and The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center began a clinical affiliation by joining forces to expand clinical trial options for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Twenty-nine AAMC medical staff members specializing in cancer care are participating in the program, and physicians affiliated with both institutions are involved in joint tumor conferences. Other program affiliations being discussed are joint clinical programs in microvascular and pediatric surgery as well as neurosciences and cardiovascular services. Locations of satellite health centers with Johns Hopkins and AAMC physicians also are being discussed. The AAMC/Johns Hopkins affiliation is managed by a joint planning group that will work to explore and monitor the implementation of the various collaborative projects.