PROVIDENCE – University Medicine, a nonprofit medical group practice in Rhode Island, changed its name to Brown Medicine Feb. 1, the company announced Wednesday.
Brown Medicine’s new name allows the practice to better align with its parent federation, Brown Physicians, Inc., a partner of Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School.
“The change is the genesis of joining the Brown Physicians, Inc. The goal is to become a coherent, multi-specialty Brown practice,” said Dr. Louis B. Rice, president and CEO of Brown Medicine and department chair of medicine at Brown University. The clearer Brown affiliation helps the practice attract researchers and teachers, Rice added.
Brown Physicians, Inc. was formed in May 2017 and consists of six Providence-based physician practice foundations: Brown Dermatology Inc., Brown Medicine, Brown Urology, The Neurology Foundation, University Emergency Medicine and University Surgical Associated Inc.
Each foundation under Brown Physicians Inc. is its own individual corporation.
“Use of the Brown name is an indicator of the increased collaboration and partnership through BPI, which serves the goal of more tightly integrating patient care, research and education in Rhode Island,” said Brian Clark, Brown’s director of news and editorial development, in a statement.
The more than 500 doctors within the six foundations are all Alpert Medical school faculty members, Clark said.
Lauren Aratani is a PBN contributing writer.