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Wilmington VA Medical Center and University of Delaware ink deal


Vincent Kane, director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center, and Dennis Assanis, president of the University of Delaware, sign an agreement so that the two institutions can share training and research capabilities.<em> (Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware)</em>
Vincent Kane, director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center, and Dennis Assanis, president of the University of Delaware, sign an agreement so that the two institutions can share training and research capabilities. (Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware)

Vincent Kane, director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center, and Dennis Assanis, president of the University of Delaware, sign an agreement so that the two institutions can share training and research capabilities. (Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware)

On June 9, 2017, the Wilmington VA Medical Center and the University of Delaware in Newark signed an affiliation agreement to formalize collaboration between the two institutions. While UD has been involved in research efforts with the Department of Defense for many years, the Wilmington VAMC has not been active in biomedical research, until now.

UD and affiliate institutions like the Bader Consortium—which advances research in orthopedic rehabilitation for wounded warriors—conduct research in many areas that will dovetail with the needs of Veterans, such as traumatic brain injury, rehabilitative medicine, orthotics and prosthetics, and neuroscience.

The UD Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus is home to the Health Sciences Complex, which houses classrooms, research laboratories, and health care clinics. STAR Health offers primary care, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health services, and wellness services to the citizens in surrounding Delaware and southern New Jersey.

Now that patient population could potentially include Veterans as well, through clinical training programs like physical therapy. "Veterans will get the rehabilitation they need while students get a foot in the door at the VA and ultimately help fill our growing need for health care practitioners in our region. That's a win for everyone," said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, an alumnus of UD and a Navy Veteran, according to UDaily.

The Wilmington VA provides health care to more than 30,000 Veterans throughout Delaware and southern New Jersey.


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