Windsor Health Institute set to Launch this Spring

Health care centres and educators are taking their collaboration to the next level in Windsor-Essex.

University of Windsor Professor Lisa Porter received Windsor Regional Hospital's support to move forward with the Windsor Health Institute at its board of directors meeting Thursday. 

The institute will bring aspiring health professionals and researchers from St. Clair College and the University of Windsor together for training programs, academic support, professional development and think tanks.

"To unite and really say this is a priority, I think we've got all of the foundation accomplished so we know we can do it. Now it's rolling it out in a larger scale," says Porter who pointed out Windsor-Essex's existing reputation as one of the most progressive hands-on learning environments in the country at the meeting.

Combining some of the best in brightest is something Porter says will help keep academics and doctors in the region.

"It's exciting for our community. It's a new way we can engage students to really support physicians and professional development and change the academic culture that makes people want to keep learning and pushing to do their very best," added Porter.

She says the greatest benefit to the community is what research can do for residents at the soon to be built regional acute care centre.

"Research does bring in access to new drugs, new equipment — this is going to be the way that we can keep on the cutting edge."

The University of Windsor has already committed $200,000 to the program each year for the next five years. 

Porter says the institute is set to launch in April.