The Mohawk Valley Health System and the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory are exploring ways they can team up on research by placing a portion of the lab within the new hospital being planned by the health system.Officials from both institutions signed a memorandum of understanding at an event to announce their plans on Friday. The memorandum is the first step toward an expanded partnership.

“The signing of this MOU continues our work toward our mission to provide for excellence in health care for our communities,” said health system President/CEO Scott Perra in a press release. “There is incredible work being done at MMRL and we are looking forward to the opportunity to integrate that work with the clinical work at MVHS. This partnership means great things for the people of our community and throughout the country.”

The two institutions already have an agreement through which the health system donates living heart tissue to the institute for its ground-breaking research into cardiac rhythms and arrhythmias.

The research portion of the hospital – the details of which have not been worked out – would be subject to different requirements from the hospital and, as envisioned right now, be Masonic’s financial responsibility, Perra said.

“We are thrilled about the potential for this once-in-a-generation opportunity for collaboration between our two nationally recognized institutions,” said David Schneeweiss, president of Masonic’s board of directors. It represents an opportunity to leverage investment in a new hospital into “cutting-edge discoveries,” he said.

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