D’Youville Health Professions Hub Aided by Catholic Health Securing $5.07 Million
Last month, leaders from D’Youville and the Catholic Health announced plans to collaborate on the 50,000 square-foot clinical training center, featuring unique and innovative learning environments for students, those seeking retraining and certification, and offering families in the College’s West Side neighborhood greater access to high-quality primary care services.
“We are grateful to Catholic Health for helping the Hub become a reality,” said D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD. “With Catholic Health’s assistance, D’Youville is well on the way to helping build healthy, thriving communities in Western New York. The Community Partners funding, the largest in our college’s history, puts us beyond halfway to our goal of the initial funds necessary to make The Hub a reality within only a few months. With such strong early support, it shows us how vital The Hub project truly is to our region.”
“The Hub project along with other D’Youville initiatives will serve as an education ecosystem for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, with learning opportunities ranging from certification programs to associate, bachelors, and advanced degrees, it’ll truly change not only the face of education but change lives,” said President Clemo.
“D’Youville’s goal is to train future health professionals at a campus where interdisciplinary learning can take place in 24/7 environments. This unique setting will test and explore collaborative education and virtual training models, as well as innovative technologies, equipping students with the skills and knowledge to be change agents, delivering and improving healthcare in Western New York and beyond.”
“When I first learned about D’Youville’s plans to create a Health Professions Hub, I knew it would be a perfect fit for our system and Community Partners of Western New York,” said Mark Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health. “Together, our three organizations are focused on improving healthcare delivery for underserved populations, while growing a stronger workforce to meet the demand for skilled health professionals in our community. We are pleased we could secure this funding to move this vital project forward.”
As part of the Health Professions Hub, Catholic Health will offer professional staffing and resources to operate a community health center that will provide patient-centered primary care services to area families. Along with expanding access to care within the surrounding community, the center will also offer students and paraprofessionals with unique clinical training opportunities to develop or enhance their skills.
Other highlights of The Hub include a simulation center and workforce development programs to meet the needs of area healthcare employers. The Hub will offer education models with an emphasis on team learning, assure health professions students can function as part of an integrated team focused on high-quality, patient-centered care.
Construction of the Health Professionals Hub on D’Youville College’s Buffalo campus is expected to begin next summer, with completion set for the fall of 2020.
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