Partnership means we won't have to imagine
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM
Jim Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare, called it a win-win-win. A good and accurate choice of words he chose last week to commemorate the partnership Self Regional established with Greenwood Genetic Center and Clemson University.
On Friday, the hospital announced its partnership with GGC and Clemson, ponying up $5.6 million spread across three years and earmarked for the development of the research facility that will be built on the GGC campus.
GGC and Clemson announced their partnership last year, a partnership that will result in the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics, a 17,000-square-foot facility where genetic research and education will take place. It will be the kind of research that can and very likely will result in groundbreaking advances in the world of genetics and change the face and direction of health care.
Imagine, if you will, that right here in Greenwood this partnership discovers not only the root cause of a disease, but also how to prevent, treat or reverse it.
Imagine, if you will, that right here in Greenwood, a discovery is made that leads to the end of autism.
As Self's board of trustees chairman John Pillman noted at last week's announcement, "This will change the landscape in genetic research and genetic medicine. We are bringing together the research and educational strength of Clemson, the clinical expertise of the Genetic Center and the real-life, real-time interaction of physicians, health care professionals and patients at Self Regional."
Imagine if you will? Imagine if you can? A collaboration of this magnitude signals the start of something big, something seemingly unimaginable. But it is not only imaginable, it is now doable. Imagine that.