Tallahassee Memorial, FSU’s College of Nursing Collaborating on Research
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Posted February 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE—Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation recently pledged $100,000 to establish the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice Endowed Fund at Florida State University’s College of Nursing.
The two organizations will collaborate on research to optimize health care for patients, their families and the community through improved nursing practices. This gift marks the largest direct investment in research infrastructure in the 60-year history of the college.
“Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has once again shown its profound commitment to the profession of nursing and to our joint efforts to foster the development of a research culture at our institutions,” said James Whyte, associate professor and director of the Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the college.
Located in Florida State’s Duxbury Hall, the center will serve as the focal point for inter-disciplinary healthcare research collaborations across the campus and with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s nursing staff, said College of Nursing Interim Dean Dianne Speake.
“The major goals are to improve patient outcomes and the delivery of evidence-based care,” Speake said. “By establishing this center, TMH will provide the structure and opportunities enabling Florida State students and faculty to make significant contributions to the advancement of nursing science and practice.”
The college will provide TMH with technical and statistical assistance, research resources such as University libraries and information technology, a conference room, office spaces and linkages with faculty, clinicians and interested students, Whyte said.
TMH serves 16 counties in north Florida and south Georgia, making it the eighth-largest hospital in Florida with a staff of more than 1,077 nurses. It is the region’s only state-designated trauma center. It also has the area’s only accredited community hospital cancer program and is the area’s only hospital recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
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