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Dignity Health, one of the US’ largest health systems, and Global University Systems (GUS) today announced the launch of a new joint venture creating Dignity Health Global Education, a new company that will provide online academic degrees, as well as professional, executive, and leadership training to clinical and non-clinical professionals in the health industry in the United States (U.S.) and other nations.

Dignity Health Global Education’s portfolio will include credit and non-credit-bearing industry-designed professional training courses, programs, and degrees exclusively designed and co-developed with partner universities.

Aaron Etingen, CEO of Global University Systems said: “At Global University Systems, we believe that, in a rapidly changing world, it’s critical to align ourselves with best-in-class employers and industry partners to develop education solutions based on partner and employee needs. Working with the scale of an organization like Dignity Health, a future-forward leader in health care, with more than 60,000 employees and 10,000 physicians across its 41 hospitals, is going to be transformative. Our joint venture gives us the ability to design relevant courses together with Dignity Health and share the content with the world. This is a truly unique opportunity for GUS, our partners, our students, and our faculty.”

“As one of largest health care systems in the U.S., we understand that there is a clear demand for ongoing, lifelong clinical skillsets and health management education around the globe,” said Gregg Davis, chief administrative officer of Dignity Health International. “Dignity Health has a commitment to furthering the education, training, and development of our clinical and non-clinical workforce so that we are better prepared to meet the health care needs of our patients and communities. We recognize we need a strong global education partner to assist us in achieving our goals and are very proud to now be working with Global University Systems on an initiative that will enable us to expand this commitment to our partners and to health care professionals globally.”

The joint venture, formalized and agreed in 2018, will be built upon Global University Systems’ education technology expertise and will blend both classroom-based and online learning alongside Dignity Health’s industry expertise, placements, and professional mentoring. The flexible online and blended offerings will allow professionals to access this ongoing education and learning remotely, on multiple devices, when they need it, and at a pace they can control. This new standard of academic excellence will help them gain the skills needed to develop their careers globally.

Programs will be open to clinical, administrative, and management health care professionals based in the U.S. and internationally, and will focus on training and education to improve workforce development, quality, and ultimately, patient outcomes.

The new company will be led by CEO Andrew Malley, an education specialist with over 20 years of experience globally. New courses, partnerships, and projects will be rolled out throughout 2019, ensuring that Dignity Health Global Education becomes a go-to platform for health care professionals and organizations both in the U.S. and internationally.