JACKSON - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in collaboration with West Tennessee Healthcare is forming a new family medicine faculty practice group in West Tennessee.
For years, the UTHSC College of Medicine has maintained a family medicine training program for residents, as well as a clinical teaching practice and a clinic in Jackson. UTHSC partners with major hospitals and health systems across the state to conduct successful faculty physician practice groups. Among these are UT Methodist Physicians, Regional One Physicians, and UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists. The university sought to bring the Jackson program in line with others in which it partners.
Under the collaborative arrangement, West Tennessee Healthcare will assume operation of the clinic, which is located on the campus of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The university and the health system will jointly govern the new faculty clinical practice. The providers will be joining the West Tennessee Medical Group, which currently has over 130 providers utilizing their specialized expertise to improve the overall health of patients in the service area. Practicing in 17 specialties with more than 35 clinic locations throughout the region, West Tennessee Medical Group is the largest physician practice between Memphis and Nashville.
UTHSC will continue to administer the residency program there, as well as research and educational activities, and will pay the academic portions of compensation for the 11 faculty physicians in the program and residency program and administrative support staff. The health system will be the owner and operator of the clinic.
This agreement strengthens the long-standing and successful relationship with Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, benefits the academic and clinical mission of the university, and ensures continued excellent delivery of family medicine services to the people of Jackson and the surrounding area.