History of the Unified Clinics
The Unified Clinics are a large multi-specialty group practice established in 1995 to provide quality clinical training experiences for students in the WMU College of Health and Human Services by meeting authentic community needs in an outpatient clinical setting.
The Unified Clinics are an inter-university collaboration that is both an educational and community asset. All services have grown in direct response to an identified community need. The Unified Clinics have the ability to meet very unique community needs due to the availability of a broad range of clinical faculty and many experts in their fields.
The Unified Clinics are categorized as an auxiliary enterprise of the University. Services are provided to WMU faculty, staff and students, as well as to community residents on a fee-for-service basis, based on their ability to pay, and through contracts with third party payers and state and local agencies. The consolidated infrastructure of the Unified Clinics creates a viable, efficient organization able to maneuver the complex health care maze of managed care, electronic billing, accreditation and patient care protocols.
Vision, mission and values
The Western Michigan University Unified Clinics will be recognized as a local, state and national leader in health and human services delivery through professional education, interdisciplinary and best practices research, employee commitment, human diversity focus, technology, innovation, effective partnerships and responsive community service.
The core purpose of the Western Michigan University Unified Clinics is to:
- Seek, create and facilitate opportunities for collaboration among members that will help to improve the quality of life by educating and providing services to strengthen individuals and families.
- Share useful information and build relationships among members.
- Meet local, state and national requirements for designation as an accredited educational community leader.
- Prepare professional service providers in the areas of health care, rehabilitation and social services to conduct research, disseminate knowledge and respect diversity.
- Effective quality of life focus.
- Attract, educate, develop and retain high quality employees for compassion, cooperation and professional competence.
- Demonstrate leadership in state and national innovative human service delivery through development of environments that are healthful, intellectually stimulating, supportive and respectful of differences.
- Align collective resources, policies, technology, and budget and planning processes with interdisciplinary, holistic and collaborative education, research and service priorities.
- Develop, strengthen and improve service delivery partnerships, and faculty and staff opportunities for professional fulfillment.