EMORY, Va. — Emory & Henry College and the King School of Medicine announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin exploring the possibility of collaborative partnerships.
The agreement begins a conversation about mutually beneficial partnerships in health sciences.
“We look forward to examining collaborative opportunities that could serve Emory & Henry and the King School of Medicine as well as the people of this community,” Rosalind Reichard, president of Emory & Henry, said in a news release.
Tariq Zaidi, president of the King School of Medicine, commented that he and his board are pleased to partner with an institution of higher education of such high quality.
“Emory & Henry brings to any partnership a strong reputation for academic excellence and commitment to service. A partnership with Emory & Henry in the health sciences would carry with it a strong devotion to the wellness of the people of this region as well as recognized stamp of quality.”
The memorandum states that any partnership that might arise between the two institutions would seek to enhance economic development in the region while reducing program duplication and leveraging cost efficiencies.
Emory & Henry plans to launch a doctorate in physical therapy program next year on its campus in Marion as a first step in a proposed school of health sciences with multiple programs.
According to the memorandum, representatives from each institution will work together to explore possible areas of collaboration. The mission of any partnership also is to be be consistent with the stated missions of both institutions “and developed in such a manner to positively contribute to both the overall quality of healthcare and economic development in the region.”