Updated: Wednesday, February 5 2014, 07:24 PM EST
A new MedWest Harris Sports Medicine Clinic at Western Carolina University is benefiting students and the Cullowhee community alike.
Students and faculty can get hands-on training or even treatment for themselves in the new health sciences building.
The therapy pool is especially important.
Carlyle Schomberg, MedWest Harris Sports Medicine, "it gives us an opportunity to treat some diagnoses here that maybe we haven't had the opportunity in the past for folks who couldn't tolerate land-based therapy. The water can help unload their joints and they can do activities on water they wouldn't be able to do on land."
Dr. Doug Keskula, WCU Health & Human Sciences Dean, "having patients and having clinicians working with those patients is part of the ability to do meaningful research, so this provides a great laboratory for our students to participate."
School officials hope this type of public-private partnership is only the beginning for continued growth on campus.