Premier Health and Wright State University Collaborate to Advance Patient Care


Premier Health has enjoyed a longstanding working relationship with Wright State University and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Together we have worked to educate and retain physicians, nurses, and other health care providers in our community. We’ve elevated the quality of patient care here in Dayton and surrounding areas, and we developed and improved educational and clinical training and research programs.

In recent years, we have taken significant strides to formalize and enhance our collaboration. This endeavor has led to the establishment of an affiliation agreement between our institutions, enabling us to prioritize collaboration on shared objectives and emerging initiatives.

Central to our affiliation is a shared vision that guides our collective efforts: Together Premier Health and Wright State University will advance academic medicine, improve community health, bolster workforce and economic development, and become the destination for future health professionals through offering unparalleled academic and experiential learning environments. 

We invite you to read on and learn more about the longstanding and evolving collaboration between Premier Health and Wright State University.

Patient Care

At Premier Health, patient care isn't just a priority; it's a commitment to excellence that drives us to push the boundaries of medical knowledge and redefine the standards of health care delivery.

In a given year, more than a million patients will visit a Premier Health Hospital, urgent care, or the practice of one of our primary care or specialty physicians or advanced care providers.

Our partnership with Wright State University and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) is instrumental in our mission to enhance care for patients and communities in need, ensuring access to a comprehensive range of medical services close to home. We elevate patient care to new heights through the combination of enhanced education, advanced research and clinical trials, and compassionate health care delivery. Patients experience the unparalleled benefits of receiving care from teams comprised of top-tier physicians, nurses, and specialists who are not only leaders in their fields but also dedicated educators and researchers. This unique environment fosters an atmosphere of continuous learning and innovation, ensuring that patients have access to the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies.

Our affiliation with Wright State University means that patients benefit from multidisciplinary care approaches, where experts from various specialties collaborate to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs. Through this integrated approach, patients receive comprehensive care that not only addresses their immediate health concerns but also promotes long-term wellness and improved outcomes.

Medical Education

Premier Health facilities serve as a vital clinical education site for the next generation of healthcare professionals. Through hands-on experiences with our expert clinicians, mentorship opportunities, and exposure to diverse clinical settings, students gain invaluable insights and practical skills essential for their future careers.

Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) serves as the academic sponsor of several residency and fellowship programs at Premier Health. These medical residencies include: family medicine, rural family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry, surgery, neurology and plastic surgery. In addition, Premier Health currently serves as the largest clinical site for Emergency Medicine residents in the region. In partnership with Wright State’s BSOM, Premier Health also offers fellowships in surgical critical care, acute critical care, neuro intensive care, vascular (stroke) neurology, orthopedic trauma, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, infectious disease, geriatrics, palliative medicine, addiction medicine, and soon to add, a fellowship in headache.

The collaboration between the nursing and other allied health programs at Wright State University’s College of Health, Education and Human Services and Premier Health stands as a testament to the power of synergy in healthcare education and practice. By forging this partnership, both entities have embarked on a journey to elevate the standards of nursing education and clinical care. Wright State University's nursing school brings a wealth of academic expertise and a commitment to innovation in teaching methodologies, while Premier Health offers invaluable clinical resources and real-world experiences. Together, they provide nursing and other allied health students with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning, exposure to diverse patient populations, and mentorship from seasoned healthcare professionals. This partnership not only enriches the educational experience for students but also strengthens the healthcare workforce, ultimately benefiting the communities served by both institutions.

Learn more about Residency and Fellowship Programs at WSU’s Boonshoft School of Medicine or, learn about the program benefits of the Premier Health Wright State University Nursing Academy.

Clinical Research

Clinical research plays an important role in advancing medical knowledge and improving healthcare outcomes for individuals and communities alike.  At Premier Health, medical scientific research isn't merely a separate endeavor—it's seamlessly integrated into our clinical practice.

As partners in innovation, Premier Health collaborates closely with Wright State University to unite the advanced biomedical research capabilities of Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine with the clinical resources of one of the largest hospital systems in Ohio. The integration of research into our clinical care space enables us to obtain important data guided by the direction of our experienced clinician investigators. Through collaborative efforts in clinical research, we drive groundbreaking discoveries, translating these studies into tangible improvements in patient care. From innovative treatments and approaches, our shared dedication to advancing medical science to provide our patients with advanced treatments and technologies. By advancing better treatments, we enhance the lives of patients and instill hope.

The Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA) oversees clinical trials across Southwest Ohio, with groundbreaking clinical trials across a spectrum of medical disciplines including stroke, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, and more.  With the oversight of Wright State’s Institutional Review Board, Premier Health trials involving human subjects receive rigorous approval.

Designated as a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence, the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute leverages scientific research at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Health’s extensive clinical resources to develop new, more effective treatments for neurologic conditions.

Our robust health sciences research platform not only expands access to innovative therapies but also generates crucial population health insights. Together with Wright State University, we're on a mission to elevate regional health outcomes, one breakthrough at a time, fostering healthier communities for generations to come.

Our collaborative efforts aim not only to transform patient care but also to foster professional growth for our medical community. Physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, fellows, residents, and medical students alike find opportunities to engage in our research initiatives, enriching their practice and advancing their skills. By fostering collaboration among researchers, healthcare providers, and patients, research continues to push the boundaries of medical science, driving innovation, improving patient outcomes, and promoting health equity within communities.

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