MARIETTA, Ga.-Georgia's hospital association has offered to represent the state's 63 freestanding home-health agencies after the agencies' own trade group folded because of dwindling membership. The Georgia hospital and health systems association already represents the state's 38 hospital-based home-health agencies. The Georgia Association of Home Health Agencies disbanded in August because so many of its members either went out of business or could no longer afford to pay membership dues. At the time it closed, the group represented only 35 of the state's agencies.
ROANOKE, Va.-Virginia Tech University, the University of Virginia and Carilion Health System are teaming up to form a biomedical research institute in Roanoke patterned after the Research Triangle in North Carolina. The Carilion Biomedical Institute will conduct research and develop commercial applications for health-related products. Carilion is contributing $20 million in start-up funds. Its investment comes from the sale of Sterile Concepts, a for-profit medical supply company Carilion sold in 1994. The universities and Carilion plan to raise another $10 million from outside sources within seven years. Construction of a 50,000-square-foot headquarters and business incubator is expected to start next year.
DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University School of Medicine has been awarded $2.4 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to establish new genetic and genomic labs at the school. The award was part of $92 million that 41 medical research institutions in the U.S. received from the institute. A panel of experts reviewed 105 proposals before awarding the grants. The money will also be used to recruit genetic researchers. Currently at Duke, 12 researchers funded by the Hughes Institute are conducting research in neurobiology, biochemistry, genetics and microbiology.