RnetHealth and University of Florida College of Medicine Announce Comprehensive Partnership
IRVINE, Calif. — RnetHealth, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: RNET) today announced a comprehensive partnership with the University of Florida College of Medicine, Continuing Medical and Distance Education, to offer educational programs for students and professionals related to the neurobiology of addiction and the physical and neuropsychological mechanisms of major substances of abuse. The first partnership initiative will be development of an elemental base for-credit course nicknamed “Tobacco 101” which will be offered via the internet by the University of Florida’s Distance Education program and will be available to every college student in the United States, in addition to the University of Florida’s over 44,000 student body, at a one-semester fee of $289.
The partnership’s initial programs, to be announced over the next several weeks, focus on tobacco addiction, recovery and prevention, while future programs are planned on other substances of abuse. The partnership was devised and designed by Murray Kelly, President and Founder of RnetHealth’s Tobacco School, Timothy J. Van Susteren, Ph.D., Associate Dean at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, and Mark Gold, M.D., Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Brain Institute and Chair of RnetHealth’s Advisory Board.
“Our partnership with RnetHealth will provide us a unique opportunity to collaborate with a recognized network of prevention and treatment programs, to achieve our social and educational missions, and to offer educational activities and courses of the highest quality through the University of Florida Brain Institute, featuring nationally recognized experts on the medical and social sciences of addiction,” stated Van Susteren.
Wendy Borow-Johnson, President and CEO of RnetHealth, Inc., stated, “This partnership will target our programs, including Tobacco School, to students and professionals and complements our program sales to corporations. We are delighted to be partnered with one of the most esteemed universities in the country and look forward to extending the scope and reach of substance abuse education. With our combined efforts, we anticipate a high response and significant revenue generated from the programs to be announced over the next several weeks.”
The elemental base course “Epidemiology and Health Issues Related to Tobacco Addiction” (nickname: “Tobacco 101”) will be offered in Fall, 2001 as a 3-credit, exclusively web-based course offered through the University of Florida College of Medicine Distance Education program with the support of Tobacco School. A certificate in tobacco counseling program is being planned for implementation later in the year. More details about the CME initiative will be announced.
“65 million people in North America smoke,” stated Kelly. “Smokers and their families need high-quality, easily accessible and affordable tools for both recovery and prevention, in order to break the chain of transference from one generation to another. I look forward to our partnership with the University of Florida providing us accelerated and unlimited access to students and educators across the country.”
About RnetHealth, Inc.
RnetHealth, Inc. (symbol: RNET:OB) (the “Company”) is an integrated media company developing low cost media outlets for direct response, direct marketing, and product and program promotion. The Company is initially focusing use of this media in the healthcare industry. The Company uses its media for its own subscription based products and services addressing behavioral health, as well as for pharmaceutical and nutriceutical products, and biotech, genomic and pharma clinical trial recruitment. RnetHealth’s core competencies include strategic marketing consultation, media planning, product line direct marketing, and behavioral health subscription products and services sold directly to consumers, business and other organizations. RnetHealth’s media network includes television (Recovery Network/14.4 million households), the Internet ( Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements which are not historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements about the agreements between RnetHealth, Inc. and the University of Florida that involve certain risks and uncertainties including but not limited to risks associated with inability to perform or to provide the services agreed upon, the uncertainty of realizing the revenue, the impact of competitive educational programs, technological changes, the effect of economic conditions, and other uncertainties detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.