A unique partnership between Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center and a group of colleges and medical institutions in and around Fayetteville, N.C., has formed a nonprofit intended to raise millions of dollars to support Womack’s research needs and enhance the operational readiness of soldiers. The Fort Bragg Research Institute will be the only nonprofit that solicits research grant money exclusively for active-duty soldiers, said Dr. Sammy Choi, director of Womack’s Department of Research. “This is a game changer. This has never been done,” Choi said.
Other goals of the institute include establishing 10 startups within five years and doubling within two years the number of Cumberland County high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class and opt to attend local colleges or universities, reports the Fayetteville Observer. The institute also will focus on reducing widespread health challenges in the county, including hypertension and opioid abuse, he said.
The collection of local institutions participating is known as the Cape Fear Research Consortium, which includes Methodist, Fayetteville State and Campbell universities, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, North Carolina Military Business Center, Cape Fear Valley Health System and the Southern Region Area Health Education Center.
Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht