Northeast Ohio Medical University and Mercy Health address regional primary care needs

ROOTSTOWN, OH (Dec. 17, 2014) – Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Mercy Health have announced an innovative partnership to address the region’s primary care needs while developing a diverse healthcare workforce dedicated to serving local communities. 

Through the new partnership, which is the first of its kind between a health system and academic health center, Mercy Health will provide full tuition scholarships to qualifying NEOMED students who are pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree in exchange for their future service commitments to Mercy Health following residency training. The partnership is a critical component of NEOMED’s Education for Service initiative, which seeks to address the academic, social and financial barriers on the pathway to practice, starting in middle school and continuing through the start of practice.

“We are dedicated to training diverse healthcare professionals who can provide high-quality, team- based patient care that addresses the needs of our local underserved communities,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S. Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. “Our new partnership with Mercy Health advances our Education for Service initiative to educate local students who return to provide primary care services throughout our region and furthers our mission to improve the health, economy and quality of life in Northeast Ohio.”

The partnership allows NEOMED and Mercy Health to alleviate the shortage of primary care physicians in rural and underserved communities, improve access to a diverse healthcare workforce dedicated to the region and improve the economy of the communities served.

“At Mercy Health, we are committed to extending the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities, with emphasis on people who are poor and underserved,” said Brian Smith, Mercy Health executive vice president of operations. “This unique partnership with NEOMED helps educate individuals who strive to become the compassionate, caring physicians of tomorrow. By working together, we will reach more patients and ultimately help improve their quality of life.”

Applications will be available in the spring of 2015, and scholarships will apply to the fall semester of the 2015 – 2016 school year. NEOMED and Mercy Health anticipate awarding up to five scholarships to qualified students in 2015.

For 40 years, NEOMED has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers doctor of medicine (M.D.) and doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. Still burning bright after 40 years; visit

About Mercy Health
Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates more than 250 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provided $374.7 million in community benefit services in 2013. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter @LivingMercyHlth.