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More in Common

Published April 2, 2024

CommonSpirit Health and Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black medical school in Atlanta, have named CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs as one of seven sites that will address two of the most pressing challenges in health care — a shortage of diverse medical staff and the need for more equitable health care. The announcement launches the first phase of the More in Common Alliance, a 10-year, $100 million initiative to increase cultural competency and expand representation to improve the access and quality of care patients receive.

“CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs was chosen because of the opportunity to impact patient outcomes in the diverse community that we serve,” said Chad Aduddell, market president of CHI St. Vincent.

The partnership will increase medical education opportunities for more Black, Indigenous and people of color. More in Common Alliance was established because research demonstrates that patients fare better when treated by clinicians of similar backgrounds who share lived experiences. 

CHI St. Vincent established an internal residency program in 2021. Now with Morehouse School of Medicine as the program’s academic sponsor, post-graduate residents and fellows will benefit from training focused on addressing health inequities and underserved patients.

“We will expand our residency program with new opportunities that will build a more diverse and dynamic workforce that reflects the communities we serve,” said Dr. Douglas Ross, president of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and market chief medical officer for CHI St. Vincent.