Health Care

WSU, Larksfield cement partnership

Wichita State University and Larksfield Place will sign an agreement today that makes formal the collaboration they've been involved with for more than a decade.

The agreement is to be signed at 1 p.m. in a ceremony in the auditorium of Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. North. The event is open to the public.

"It's to really formalize collaboration and partnerships and what's to happen in the future," said Larksfield president and CEO Valerie McGhee. She and WSU president Don Beggs are to sign the agreement.

WSU nursing students and physical therapy doctoral students are among those doing class work with residents at Larksfield Place, a continuing-care retirement community.

Retired WSU professors are among the residents there, and a number of employees have studied at WSU, McGhee said.

WSU researchers have used Larksfield Place residents to help test whether training can help poorer drivers stay on the streets safely, and McGhee said an expanded driving program is among the collaborative work planned for the future.

"We could go on and on about all the different research projects we've done over the years," she said.

Larksfield Place also provided some of the seed money that helped establish WSU's Regional Institute on Aging, a center for research on issues related to growing older. It was established in 2007.