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Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Awards D'Youville Nearly $1.2 Million for Health Professions Hub

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Awards D'Youville Nearly $1.2 Million for Health Professions Hub

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (Foundation) announced that D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub (Hub) was awarded $1,177,649 for two initiatives: $500,000 for the construction of the rehabilitation and wellness center and $677,649 to establish the Health Professions Hub Pathways Program, a workforce training program for low-income Buffalo residents. The Foundation provides grants to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care and bridge gaps in health services.

“On behalf of the entire D’Youville community, I offer heartfelt thanks to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Their generous gift will provide medically underserved patients with access to rehabilitation services and help low-income individuals break the cycle of poverty with pathways to careers in the health professions,” said D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo, PhD. “This gift is also especially meaningful as the Foundation’s mission is closely aligned with the mission of D’Youville and the Hub.”

The Hub, in partnership with Catholic Health, will provide medical services with a focus on primary care and chronic disease management for community residents, especially the medically underserved on the West Side of Buffalo.

Located within the Hub, the rehabilitation and wellness center will provide physical, occupational and chiropractic therapy, ensuring that some of the neediest populations, including the elderly and those requiring therapy due to surgery or chronic disease, have access to ongoing medical support. It is anticipated that the rehabilitation and wellness center will serve 10,000 in the first three years of operation, improving the health and well-being of those residents experiencing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

The Health Professions Hub Pathways Program is a workforce training and support program designed for individuals who are new English language speakers and/or are unemployed or underemployed, many of whom who have been out of school for many years or did not complete high school. The Pathways Program has three tracks: health professions, pharmacy, and nursing. Students can earn an advanced certificate in Pharmacy Technician and Associates Degrees in Community Health and Pharmacy Studies.

Much of the funding for the nearly $26 million Hub is in place. The Foundation’s gift will count towards D’Youville’s goal of raising an additional $5 million in philanthropic contributions to close the project. Naming opportunities are available for specific areas of the Hub, such as the Simulation Center, the rehabilitation and wellness center, the Pharmacy, a major events center, classrooms, a teaching kitchen and café, and more.

Existing funding sources include: $200,000 from NYS State and Municipal Facilities Program, a $5,000,000 HECap matching grant from New York State, a $5,070,000 grant secured by Catholic Health from Community Partners of Western New York, and approximately $6,800,000 in federal and state tax incentives. D’Youville currently has $1,450,000 in committed gifts and pledges.