RIT students are now allowed to observe surgeries at Rochester General Hospital as part of class projects. Rochester General physicians and RIT faculty are writing research grant proposals to submit to the National Institutes of Health—and both institutions are coordinating plans related to the H1N1 flu.
These are just some examples of collaboration between RIT and Rochester General Health System, an alliance announced in December 2008.
Since the outset of the alliance, RIT President Bill Destler has emphasized: “Biomedical science is fast becoming a kind of information science in which our expertise can play an important role. This alliance will create opportunities for our students, faculty and staff, as well as the Greater Rochester community.”
RGHS President and CEO Mark Clement already is seeing the health system tapping into RIT’s resources and innovation, building on his organization’s health care services.
“We strongly believe that this partnership will better serve our patients, enhance student education at RIT and better serve our community,” he says.
A steering committee has identified a strategic consulting firm to lead the two organizations in developing a clear vision, goals and objectives to help produce results. A contract will soon be signed with the consulting firm, which currently provides research, planning and economic analysis to more than 500 leading organizations in health care, higher education, industry, government and community development.
“Every alliance of this magnitude is going to be unique,” says Jeremy Haefner, RIT’s provost and senior vice president, and co-chair of the steering committee. “By creating a strategic plan, we will have two strong organizations blending cultures in a meaningful way. Working with RGHS presents RIT a living laboratory for our students, faculty and staff.”
Some of the achievements that have occurred to date:
A joint Web site now showcases the alliance achievements, as well as serves as a tool to connect students, faculty and staff from both organizations. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/rghs.