HATTIESBURG -- The
VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and The University of
Southern Mississippi have joined together in a collaborative effort
to advance health care research within the state. The Gulf Coast
Research Consortium will be located at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans
Health Care System Gulfport Division and will begin work by Nov.
Experts from Southern Miss and health care leaders
from the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System will work together
to identify areas of research and practice that will advance health
care on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and throughout the state. The
joint resources of these institutions will allow research and training
opportunities that would otherwise not have been possible. This
pioneering initiative will focus on joint research projects that
benefit the patients within the communities served by both institutions.
In addition, Southern Miss and the VA are dedicated
to enhancing the education and training of health care professionals.
In the last four years of the partnership, more than 75 Southern
Miss nursing students have received educational training and experience
at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. The new research
consortium will support future endeavors to advance clinical education
and practice. These education and research opportunities benefit
students and veterans alike. One tremendous advantage is the ability
to recruit and hire health care professionals into the local community.