Trials and Research

Covenant HealthCare is committed to its role in clinical research. We recognize our evolving role in helping our communities to improve their health. That’s why we support research that explores meeting the changing needs of our environment, while maintaining our fiscal responsibility. We strive to strengthen our relationship with physicians and health care professionals interested in research, as well as the health care community.

If you’re interested in becoming a researcher at Covenant, you will need to complete an application and submit it for review to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to beginning your research. A copy of the application pertinent to your type of study can be obtained in the following ways:

  • To receive an application by mail or fax, call 989-583-6486
  • To receive an application by e-mail, contact the IRB Administrator

There are three levels of review that the IRB may conduct: full board review, expedited review and exempt from further IRB review. Upon submission, the IRB will determine the level of review for your study. The determination of full board review will require your study to be reviewed and approved at a full board committee meeting, which are convened monthly. The monthly meeting schedule and agenda item submission dates are available through the IRB Administrator at the telephone number or via email. Those research studies that qualify for expedited review or are exempt from further IRB review do not require full board review, and therefore are reviewed by a designated reviewer as received.

Cardiovascular Research
Covenant participates in a number of inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular research studies in cooperation with area cardiologists. Contact one of the following individuals for more information:

Ann Ostrander, RN, BSN
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 989-583-6364
Email: Click here 

Kim Garza, RN, BSN
Study Coordinator, Covenant Cardiac and Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
Phone: 989-583-6372, ext. 6232
Email: Click here

Nurse Researchers
If you are planning to conduct research related to nursing clinical practice and patient care, contact us before you set an appointment with the IRB Committee. We will send you the following:

  • A one page Nursing Research Committee Application
  • The IRB application pertinent to your study

To request for an application, contact us at:

Deb Best, MSN, RN
Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Chair of the Patient Services/Nursing Research Committee
Phone: 989-583-7171
Pager: 989-258-7292
Email: Click here

In addition, we will appoint a contact person who can serve as a resource to the primary investigator. The primary purpose of the Nursing Research Committee is to increase nursing/allied health research and the integration of research findings into professional practice. The committee meets monthly to review research proposals.