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As one of Purdue’s six interdisciplinary life science research centers, the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) conducts research to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare delivery through collaboration, partnerships, and engagement.  RCHE’s team is comprised of researchers, staff members and outreach advisors that collaborate with providers to develop science-based approaches to personalized care, match health resources with community needs, and improve access to care among rural communities in Indiana and around the world.

Established in 2005 by a gift from the Regenstrief Foundation and located in Purdue University's Discovery Park on the West Lafayette campus, RCHE operates under the mission of pursuing a proactive, patient-centered, and wellness-focused healthcare delivery system by conducting impactful research that leverages collaborative partnerships. RCHE's vision is to be a leading research institution that generates evidence for the effectiveness and successful adaptation of interventions and policies to improve the quality, accessibility, equity, and affordability of healthcare delivery.

About the Regenstrief Foundation

Born in Austria in 1910, Sam Regenstrief came to America with his family when he was nine years old and they settled in Indianapolis, Ind. His talents and ingenuity led to successful careers in accounting and management consulting, and then to becoming vice president of the refrigeration division of Philco in Connersville, Ind. In 1958, Sam left Philco and organized Design & Manufacturing Corporation in Connersville, which began to manufacture dishwashers and, by the mid-1970s, was producing 37% of the dishwasher market.

Sam was recognized nationally as an authority on industrial production techniques. It was his contention that innovation and new technology, applied to medical problems, would provide better healthcare for more people at a lower cost. Sam joined forces with Dr. John Hickam, then chairman of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University, and formed the Regenstrief Foundation and Regenstrief Institute for Health Care in 1969. The two operated as one entity until June 30, 2002, when a separate entity was formed to house the operations of the Institute. The Regenstrief Foundation continues to provide funding to the Regenstrief Institute, which is well known for the development of the Regenstrief Medical Record System, pioneering medical informatics research, and health services research.