Shaping the future of health care

Harris College launches collaborative institute to shape the future of health care

Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences is pleased to announce the formation of the Health Innovation Institute at TCU (HIIAT), a collaborative institute that houses four related centers: the Center for Translational Research; the Center for Collaborative Practice; the Center for Oncology Education & Research; and the Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids (LiiNK) Center.

“The Health Innovation Institute at TCU will expand and evolve the work of our College’s already progressive centers, providing a collective home and uniting them with a shared purpose,” said Susan Weeks, dean of Harris College and executive director of the new Institute.

Previously, all centers within Harris College had operated independently of one another. HIIAT will provide an overarching structure and leadership. Naming and leadership changes will accompany the HIIAT transition.HIIAT Graphic

Under HIIAT, what was formerly known as the TCU Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute will become two separate centers. The Center for Translational Research, led by Director Dru Riddle, will focus on shortening the gap between the discovery of new knowledge and clinical implementation, while the Center for Collaborative Practice, led by Director Linda Humphries, will consult with hospitals and agencies looking to make process improvements and provide leadership of the TCU Evidence Based Practice Fellowship. Director Suzy Lockwood will continue to lead the Center for Oncology Education and Research, which will keep its current name. The LiiNK Center will house the LiiNK Project under the leadership of Director Debbie Rhea.

According to Dean Weeks, Harris College has been home to multiple centers of excellence—unfortunately, some of the previous centers could not be sustained. “HIIAT was born of an effort to strengthen our existing centers and cultivate new ones, providing a more stable structure that will better contribute to the advancement of each center’s mission.”