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P&S Journal: Winter 1995, Vol.15, No.1
Columbia-Presbyterian and Its Community: A Changing Relationship

By Jeanne D. Cole

"The present mission of this Medical Center stands on two foundations: excellence and compassionate outreach. We want the best here, and we want to bring the benefit of that best to the entire community." --Herbert Pardes, M.D.
These words, spoken by the vice president for health sciences and dean of the faculty of medicine, are being translated into outward-directed action from virtually every part of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Such action marks a move forward in reducing the barriers and improving relations between the Medical Center and the surrounding community of Washington Heights/Inwood, which exhibits the serious conditions and complex problems that define the inner city.

The most obvious sign of change has been the rapid physical growth of the Medical Center, led by Dr. Pardes and Dr. William T. Speck, president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Hospital. Other signposts of change are the growth of the Ambulatory Care Network Corporation, the reopening of the Bard Hall gate, new programs that serve as doors of opportunity into and out of the Medical Center, and improvements in other institutions that complement CPMC.

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