HU partners with Parkview, others on Fort Wayne venture
Fort Wayne, Ind. (From Parkview) Several area education institutions, along with Parkview Hospital, have signed a memorandum of understanding with a commitment to establish the Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana.
Click here to see the memorandum of understanding.
Partners include Fort Wayne Community Schools, Huntington University, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Trine University and University of Saint Francis.
The Consortium would utilize existing space on Parkview Hospital's Randallia campus and serve as a regional initiative to align and leverage education, applied research, business incubation and economic development resources focusing on life sciences and health care.
The Consortium is committed to generating a world-class center with a focus on rehabilitation, senior care and behavioral health.
Each education institution is working collaboratively on programs and services that each entity will offer. See the side column for details.
Today's announcement demonstrates Parkview's continued commitment to being a vital asset in the Randallia-area neighborhood. Parkview will continue to provide excellent care to patients and families, now and in the future.
Parkview Hospital's future at the Randallia campus following the opening of Parkview Regional Medical Center:
*The hospital will have at least 120 beds, all with private rooms
*The patient rooms will be a mix of inpatient acute care, post-acute care and rehabilitation services, including a skilled nursing facility
*A full-service, 24/7 emergency department
*Family birthing services
*Select outpatient services
Statement from Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University
"Huntington University is proud to be a part of this exciting joint venture in life science education. We firmly believe that by collaborating together our institutions will be stronger, our students' learning experiences and opportunities will be richer, and our neighborhood, city and region will be more vibrant. At Huntington University, Dr. Ann McPherren, Dr. Norris Friesen, Dr. Steve Holtrop and others have worked to bring this collaborative venture to reality. We look forward to seeing the many ways that our collaboration will make a difference in Fort Wayne and throughout northeast Indiana."
Statement from Dr. Ann McPherren, senior vice president for strategy and graduate/adult programs and professor of business at Huntington University
"When we began meeting almost a year ago, we were a group of individual institutions discussing an intriguing concept. Today, we are committed collaborators building the foundation of a significant venture, and a year from now, we will be full-fledged partners welcoming students onto a shared university and life science campus. We realize that we are in the process of launching a unique collaborative venture that will have an impact, educationally and economically, far beyond what any of our organizations could have individually."