Perfect Partners: A Top Public Research University and a Major Medical Center
The Institute was founded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of the nation's top public research universities, and the Baystate Medical Center, an academic, research, and teaching hospital that serves as the western campus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. These partners established PVLSI to build on the success of the University of Massachusetts Amherst-Baystate Medical Center Collaborative Biomedical Research Program (CBR).
Baystate Medical Center, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, is an academic, research, and teaching hospital that serves as the western campus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. The medical center is a 659-bed facility with 57 bassinets that serves a diverse, stable patient population and was ranked among the top 100 major teaching hospitals in 2011 by Thomson Reuters. It is the only Level 1 trauma center in western Massachusetts, treating the most critical and urgent cases in the region. Baystate is home to the second-busiest emergency department in Massachusetts and is the flagship hospital of Baystate Health, the third-largest not-for-profit healthcare system in New England. More than 400 Baystate faculty are involved in basic, translational, and clinical research-projects that bring in more than $10 million annually from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. Among the center's numerous national recognitions is a designation as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Baystate is the only hospital in the nation to win the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence four consecutive times. Because of the hospital's superior performance and willingness to share innovations and practical ideas, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement designated Baystate a mentor hospital in its 5 Million Lives Campaign.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the nation's top public research universities. The campus attracts over $140 million in externally sponsored research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the state's position as a technological and economic leader. Funding supports the acquisition of new knowledge and its translation into the technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty, and the public. As the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, the institution sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. Enrollment includes more than 21,000 undergraduates and around 6,000 graduate students. More than 1,100 full-time instructional faculty members teach courses in 87 undergraduate majors, 73 master's programs, and 51 doctoral programs. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a Research University with "very high research activity." Construction of a state of the art integrative science building is currently under way, and the university's programs in polymer science, artificial intelligence, microwave engineering, and the life sciences are highly regarded.