Monday, June 16, 2008

Ending an Era

It's official: ENH and Northwestern are parting. It's a sad day, really. The relationship, while strained, was a good one in many ways for both parties. But business is business, and the complexities of the ever-changing Chicago healthcare market have strained the marriage to its breaking point.

Now ENH must choose a new name, change its stationary, find a new academic partner, re-establish some 180 academic appointments, re-certify its training programs, and work toward re-branding itself.

It'll be interesting, to say the least. I'll be interested to see what the community thinks...


Addendum: More from the Chicago Tribune.


Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...

Wow - that's a huge change. You seem rather calm about the whole thing. I guess the U Chicago affiliation looks pretty promising?

DrWes said...


Yep, it's huge. The affiliation has been present since about 1930 in some form or another (the last agreement was signed in 1994), but it's a done deal now. There were efforts to resolve the differences between the two institutions, but they failed a rapid death. So what else can I do? It's time to move on.

Prelim reports seem to look pretty good regarding the U of Chicago affiliation going forward, but it ain't a done deal yet.

We heard the whole saga this AM at a doctors' briefing... what's clear is that the conventional academic model is dying a rapid death as the health care terrain changes. Looming universal healthcare, more uninsured, and additional pressures mounting to survive - cause increased competition for the patients with the Benjamins.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked at this development. I always felt the ENH-NU tie was strong and complementary, not just with Feinberg but with the Evanston NU campus as well. I was afraid of this type of thing happening in Chicago as I interviewed for cardiology fellowships this year (a premonition?), and would've been disappointed had I chose Northwestern and been subsequently unable to do a couple months up in Evanston.

As an aside, the U of C affiliation seems odd. The two institutions are so much further apart than ENH and NMH. I cannot fathom the pain it would be for U of C med students, residents and fellows to have to drive up to Evanston or Glenbrook from the South Side.