Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
DENVER, CO (July 19, 2017) — HealthONE announced today the expansion of its Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to include residencies in psychiatry and neurology. The programs, which began training their first residents July 1, 2017, are a result of the growing need for highly skilled medical providers in the areas of behavioral health and neurological medicine, and are a testament to HealthONE's commitment to graduate medical education in the community.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved HealthONE as an Institutional Sponsor of GME effective July 1, 2015, which is recognition of the hospital system's resources and ability to support and sponsor GME programs. Additionally, HealthONE announced in fall 2016 the promotion of David Markenson, MD, to division vice president of graduate medical education. Dr. Markenson served as the chief medical officer for Sky Ridge Medical Center since 2013 and during his tenure he was instrumental in the launch of the hospital's graduate medical education program which currently includes training in internal medicine, surgery and family medicine, as well as a traditional rotating internship. Since the inception of the Sky Ridge GME program four years ago, the first class of internal medicine and traditional rotating internship has graduated, and over 50 residents are currently being trained. HealthONE also sponsors an additional Surgical Residency at Swedish Medical Center. In addition to the Sky Ridge GME programs and the Swedish Surgery Program, HealthONE operates Graduate Medical Education at three HealthONE campuses — Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rose Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center — in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation.
"We are incredibly proud to expand our graduate medical education efforts across the community and we know they will have a tremendous impact on clinical quality and patient experience," stated Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HealthONE.
"We are confident that our physicians and our patients will benefit from the additional expertise and capacity that these programs and their faculty bring and there is no doubt that helping to bring the next generation of high-caliber medical providers to our hospitals will benefit our community."
While both new programs will conduct their preliminary training at Sky Ridge, the new psychiatry program will be focused at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) and utilize the expertise of TMCA's adult, geriatric and adolescent behavioral health unit. The neurosciences program will be housed at Swedish Medical Center, known as one of the nation's top neuroscience programs, and a designated Neuroscience Center of Excellence through the Neuroscience Center of Excellence Survey. All of HealthONE's GME programs support a vital community need for primary care, psychiatry, surgery and neurology and aim to fill a need for medical providers in key shortage areas.
"There are over 500,000 individuals living with the effects of brain injury in the state of Colorado. A significant number of these individuals will experience behavioral issues post-injury but struggle to find appropriate services to help with their needs," said Gavin Atwood, Chief Executive Officer of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of injury to the brain. "The HealthONE expansion of its Graduate Medical Education program that will include residencies in psychiatry and neurology is a huge step forward in expanding the number of expert medical providers in our community. I believe that this will have a direct impact on many survivors of a brain injury in Colorado."
HealthONE's parent company, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), is deeply committed to graduate medical education. HCA Graduate Medical Education is one of the nation's largest providers of residency and fellowship training programs across the nation. With more than 203 programs across 21 specialties and 46 hospitals, HCA GME is building the leading network of innovative, patient-centered graduate medical education communities. HCA hospitals currently train more than 3,100 residents and fellows with that number growing to 6,800 by 2022.
HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE system of care, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes seven hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, CareNow urgent care and occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region. And, as one of the top ten corporate philanthropists in the metro area, HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2016 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations.