Planning a New Community Hospital for University Affiliation

Howard C. Coggeshall, MD
JAMA. 1968;206(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150010063015.
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The Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is an example of a hospital started by a community with a predetermined plan to establish a close university relationship. The community wished to have the quality of medical care that is available in a teaching hospital. The community leaders came to the university authorities and offered complete control over the professional activities of this hospital. Furthermore, they wanted to locate it on the medical school campus. However, for lack of space, this was not possible. The subsequent development has been successful. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas has exercised its control of professional matters judiciously.

The creation of a potential 500-bed community hospital has been an exciting and challenging experience. This did not happen overnight. Ten years of planning were required to bring this institution to reality. This is an example of the willingness of the community and the practicing physicians


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