A man stands at a podium and addresses football players in uniform. A banner in the background reads, Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center. A placard on the podium reads, Graduating Champions.

Miami University-Mercy Health affiliation presents opportunities for both organizations

Football players scrimmage on a football field.
Under an affiliation agreement, Mercy Health will provide $10 million over 13 years to support the construction of the Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center.

Miami University and Mercy Health-Cincinnati have formed the Miami University-Mercy Health Affiliation to collaborate on academic initiatives, to provide sports medicine services, and to sponsor a sports medicine and rehabilitation center for student-athletes.

A jointly appointed leadership team will explore and implement educational initiatives with Mercy Health at Miami’s Oxford and regional campuses, as well as at Mercy Health locations throughout Ohio. Potential areas include: allied health professions; nursing; health information technology; physician leadership development; gerontology – centers of healthy aging; diversity/cultural awareness; and athletic training/sports medicine. The initiatives may also include opportunities for sponsored research, student scholarship support, internships and more. The leadership team’s first meeting is scheduled for October 21.

“This agreement brings together the strengths of two top people-centered institutions,” Miami President David Hodge said. “This partnership establishes a platform to create significant opportunities for Miami students and faculty to engage with a wide range of people and activities at Mercy Health. It also provides dedicated support for the physical care, athletic preparation and ultimate success of our student-athletes.”

“Mercy Health is pleased to be expanding its longstanding relationship with Miami University,” said John Starcher, president and CEO of Mercy Health – Cincinnati. “In addition to continuing to provide the top quality care that Miami University’s student athletes have come to expect from Mercy Health, we will build upon Miami University’s reputation as an outstanding undergraduate institution by creating a robust program of educational initiatives that can help students advance their careers across a broad range of healthcare roles, research opportunities and more.”

 Excerpted from an article that originally appeared on the Miami University News website. Updated with new information.

Photos by Jeff Sabo, University News and Communications, Miami University.


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