Each patient Sparrow Hospital treats in unique. For example, if a man comes in with a bad case of the flu, he could have one of hundreds of strains, and maybe even have something else along with it. That's why it's important for all hospitals to have researchers to help solve these puzzles, and many times, save lives.
"What we're trying to do is make sure that Lansing, or the greater-Lansing area, is at the cutting edge," said Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon.
Simon says for her, and Sparrow President & CEO Dennis Swan, the decision to have MSU students lend a hand in that research was easy: "It really strengthens both the university as well as our community's hospital in ways that will rebound positively in the years ahead."
What they're calling "The Center for Innovation" will not be a physical center any time soon, but instead a stronger, more localized research program at the University and Hospital.
"What we're looking to do for the Center for Innovation is take research as it's completed, and not just get it published, but put it into action," said Dennis Swan.
Before the new program, the hospital sometimes struggled to keep up with the overwhelming amount of patients needing their attention. Now, MSU students will work in the hospital and on campus to find new ways to cure our community's ill.
Swan wouldn't tell me how much money is going into the partnership, but says it is modest in comparison to the investment they are about to make in education and improving the medical field.