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Released October 14, 2004

VA HOSPITAL, SOUTHERN MISS ANNOUNCE
GULF COAST RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

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. 1.

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.

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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM