On Thursday, June 24, 2010, officials from the University of Hartford and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center signed an affiliation agreement that provides a framework for developing joint research and educational programs. The partnership will "allow for truly relevant educational and scholarly experiences," according to ENHP Dean Mueller. "Our academic programs, as well as the research initiatives in our newly established Institute for Translational Research in the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, will benefit greatly. In short, we are thrilled by the affiliation with Saint Francis' top-notch staff to better our service to the Greater Hartford community while advancing knowledge in health care."
Under the agreement, Saint Francis will become the main clinical partner for the University in a wide range of programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). The affiliation agreement will provide the framework for clinical placements for University of Hartford students at Saint Francis; advanced educational opportunities for Saint Francis staff at the University; and innovative, long-term research initiatives and collaborations. The joint programs are intended to benefit learners, researchers, practitioners and, ultimately, patients.
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison (President Harrison's remarks) and Saint Francis President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Dadlez signed the agreement on Thursday afternoon during a brief ceremony in the rotunda at the hospital's main entrance. The ceremony was attended by members of the University of Hartford and Saint Francis communities, including ENHP Dean Ralph O. Mueller and CETA Dean Lou Manzione.