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MSU-Sparrow Center Led by ComArtSci Faculty

Posted on: June 18, 2015

Sheila Cotten with Prabu David

Shelia Cotten, Professor of Media and Information and Director of Trifecta, recently was appointed Director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR). At the same time, Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, was named Chair of the Governing Board for the CFIR.

The appointments were made by the CFIR Governing Board during its vision and planning meeting April 13.

“I am excited about helping to lead the Center for Innovation and Research to the next level in terms of synergies between MSU and Sparrow,” Cotten said. “A variety of innovative collaborative projects are currently in process and others in development. I look forward to seeing how these collaborative projects are going to transform health care and health outcomes. I encourage clinicians from Sparrow and MSU and researchers from MSU to talk with me about their ideas so that we can work together to transform health care and outcomes.”

Cotten had been serving as Interim Chair of the CFIR since August 2014. She replaced Barbara Given, University Distinguished Professor of Nursing, who was the first Interim Director of the CFIR.

"Having Shelia in a leadership role both in CFIR and Trifecta, a technology-based health care initiative at MSU, offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on built-in synergies," David said.

David takes over for former College of Nursing Dean Mary Mundt, who retired in May and had served as the first Chair of the CFIR Governing Board.

"I am looking forward to working with our friends at Sparrow,” David said. “I see enormous potential for collaboration between Sparrow and innovations in science and technology at MSU, which can be harnessed for better patient experience and the health of our region."

Established in 2012, the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research was created through a formal partnership agreement between Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University. Together, MSU's intellectual capital and Sparrow's community-based clinicians work collaboratively to develop innovative approaches to high-quality, safe healthcare.

The center brings together potential innovators from MSU and Sparrow and supports the formation of partnerships within and beyond the boundaries of these separate systems. It aims to transform the delivery of health care through the implementation and evaluation of research that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs.

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