Since 1955, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) has been recognized as a major teaching hospital, providing clinical research and medical education in a patient care setting. From our early work to the numerous research initiatives underway today, we continue to search for new and improved treatments and preventions for our patient population.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has achieved numerous honors and is at the research forefront of many clinical specialty areas including:
- Cardiovascular Research. Home to the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute, the hospital's cardiovascular program is one of the top three cardiovascular programs in the state of Michigan based on volume. More than 40 leading cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, and interventional radiologists staff this comprehensive program. The Heart and Vascular Institute has a strong clinical trials research base, and currently participates in more than 40 externally funded studies across the cardiology spectrum.
- Investigator Initiated Research. Investigator initiated research studies are supported through a collaborative team composed of clinical research nurses and research coordinators, in addition to dedicated resources for biostatistical, accounting and regulatory support. Internal funding for Ann Arbor based investigator initiated studies is available through an internal SJMHS endowment which is administered by the Research Committee. The Research Committee's review focuses on a scientific, peer-reviewed process, coupled with a feasibility analysis.
- Oncology Research. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has been designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Clinical Community Oncology Program (CCOP) since 1994 and coordinates research studies with 14 additional component hospitals. The SJMHS CCOP is one of only 50 such programs in the United States and received an "Exceptional" rating in 2011 in its reapplication for federal funding. SJMHS participates in more Phase III and IV cancer research studies than any other hospital in the area including over 140 cancer treatment, symptom management and prevention studies.
For any questions on our research efforts, or to request additional information, please contact the SJMHS research office at 734-712-5470.