A new relationship between William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School should begin slowly, through a pilot program that will allow the two institutions to combine their expertise to improve healthcare delivery in Hampton Roads — and learn more about each other — according to a recent report by W&M faculty and administrators. The report, prepared by the W&M Due Diligence Committee charged with exploring the idea of a merger, said a decision on a full union should wait.
The report by the committee, which was appointed by President Taylor Reveley, recommended a two-fold approach: pursue a partnership between W&M, EVMS and its healthcare affiliates in the area of “healthcare delivery science” while at the same time conducting an extensive evaluation on a full merger. Healthcare delivery science refers to everything from affordability and quality of healthcare to legal and public policies. The success of the partnership would be part of the evaluation, the report said.
“It is possible that collaboration in the area of healthcare delivery science could attract funding from Sentara and possibly the Commonwealth and allow all parties to contribute to a better balance across quality, access and cost,” read the report. “It will take some time to explore those possibilities and to judge whether or not they provide a sufficient basis for considering a closer affiliation.”