PULLMAN – This week, Pullman Regional Hospital and Washington State University announced an official partnership with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding signifying a formal continuation of long-standing collaboration between the two public entities. At a ceremony on Thursday at Pullman Regional Hospital, CEO Scott Adams and Washington State University President Kirk Schulz, signed the document that defines the collaborative effort, to be known as “Partners in Excellence.”
“Strengthening our partnership and expanding our collaborative opportunities will help move Pullman Regional Hospital and Washington State University forward in our mutual pursuit of excellence in serving our community,” said Adams.
“I’m delighted to formalize our longtime partnership with Pullman Regional Hospital,” Schulz said. “This is a win-win, not only for the university and the hospital, but for the broader community. Our students are big winners too—especially those in health-related fields—as they’ll gain expanded training opportunities and mentoring that will make them more effective professionals.”
Specific areas of collaboration are:
- Health & Wellness Support and Education: A commitment to build healthier communities, unique to the region, including the WSU student population and an aging population in a rural area of the state. Mobilizing resources and sharing expertise can result in improved health outcomes in such areas as mental health, suicide prevention, stress reduction, healthy eating, substance abuse and violence prevention.
- Clinical Affiliation Agreements/Workforce Training: To provide experiential training and mentoring to enhance opportunities for students from all of WSU’s health sciences programs, WSU College of Nursing, WSU College of Pharmacy and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
- Human Resources/Employee Recruitment & Retention: As two major employers in the region, we will work together to coordinate and promote employment opportunities.
- Advancement through Community and Alumni Engagement: To work with supporters of both organizations, including WSU Alumni, to facilitate fundraising efforts for healthcare projects, such as the Rural Residency Training Track for Family Medicine Physicians.
- Innovative Health Solutions: Through the hospital’s Center for Learning & Innovation and WSU’s healthcare and health science programs, provide joint research and project development on population health and advancement of care.