Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Nazareth College ceremoniously broke ground on its Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (WRI), which will double the School of Health and Human Services clinic and collaboration space, bringing Nazareths wide array of health and wellness fields under one roof. WRIs expansion and reconfiguration will help boost enrollment by an estimated 30 percent and equip Nazareth graduates with the skills needed for the rapidly changing world of health care. The building is set to open in fall 2015, in time for new students clinical work.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy joined Nazareth College President Daan Braveman and members of the Colleges board of trustees at the groundbreaking. The new $16.5 million expansion has received new gift commitments of more than $3.4 million dollars bringing total funds committed to the project to $15.5 million. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC), a key component of Governor Cuomo's bottom-to-top approach to economic development, committed $250,000 in the state funding to the project.
This expansion will help us continue to grow the healthcare industry in the Finger Lakes and create high quality jobs for New Yorkers, Governor Cuomo said. The Regional Economic Development Councils are cultivating new industries for upstate communities, and this expansion is another great example of utilizing the potential of New York's higher education facilities to revitalize our economy.
Lieutenant Governor Duffy said, "This expansion is a clear example of the Regional Economic Development Councils working to invest in our states future, keeping students competitive and prepared to enter tomorrow's job market. Governor Cuomo's vision to rebuild regional economies from the bottom-up allows communities across the state to make the best possible investments. I thank the members of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council for their continued work and success, and Nazareth for their dedication to serving the Rochester community with state-of-the-art healthcare and education facilities."
Nazareth College President Daan Braveman said, The new Institute will be a national model for the inter-professional training of the next generation of health care providers. At the same time, it will create opportunities for research and provide clinical services that address the wellness and rehabilitation needs of members of the larger community. Nazareth is proud to be a forward thinking leader in the rapidly changing world of health care and in the training of the health care professionals who will serve our region and communities around the country.
Nazareth is close to raising the full $16.5 million needed for the WRI expansion, including generous gifts from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation, the Wegman Family Foundation, the Duda Family Foundation, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and Alden Trust. The Emerson Foundation has provided a Challenge Grant intended to raise the final $1 million and close the campaign.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, The Greater Rochester region continues to maintain its competitive advantage by being home to one of the nations highest educated workforce. There will soon be even more talented students at Nazareth College after the college begins construction on its Wellness Rehabilitation Institute, which will increase enrollment and help its student body expand its healthcare training."
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Market CEO Danny Wegman, said, As a Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council priority project, the Nazareth College Wellness Rehabilitation Institute was selected for funding because it will enable the college to significantly expand enrollment and meet growing workforce needs. State support for a project like this is critical as the vast majority of the students through this program will remain in the region and meet an immediate and growing demand for healthcare workers.
Nazareth offers an array of health and human service programs including art therapy, music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), social work and speech-language pathology. Nazareth students can complete a masters degree in OT in five years and a doctorate in PT in six years.
WRI will double the School of Health and Human Services clinic and collaboration space, bringing Nazareths wide array of health and wellness fields under one roof. WRIs expansion and reconfiguration will help boost enrollment by an estimated 30 percent and equip Nazareth graduates with the skills needed for the rapidly changing world of health care. The building is set to open in fall 2015, in time for new students clinical work.
When the Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute opens in Fall 2015, it will:
- Double the clinic and collaboration space to 66,700 square feet, bringing all Nazareths health and wellness fields under one roof.
- Promote learning and collaboration across disciplines such as nursing, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, art and music therapy and social work.
- Facilitate student-faculty research through proximity and new meeting spaces to improve health and wellness outcomes and clinical practice.
- Benefit clients from high-quality, person-centered services at minimal to no cost.
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, In Rochester and the Finger Lakes region we have made healthcare services and improving outcomes a top priority. It has been this commitment that has positioned our region as a national leader in the health care field. Todays groundbreaking of Nazareth Colleges Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute continues to demonstrate our communitys broad dedication to excellence in health services and education. I applaud the Governor, Nazareth College and all of our local partners for coming together to make this project a reality.
Senator Joe Robach said, The Nazareth College Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute will provide students with a first class facility and exceptional training in a variety of health and wellness disciplines, adding to the Rochester regions national prominence in this profession. Any time we can secure state funding for a project that will improve the education experience and provide workforce development for future healthcare workers is a win-win for our community.
Senator Ted OBrien said, "The Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College will provide critical resources for advanced workforce development in the health care field, adding to the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions reputation as having some of the most educated, well-trained workers in New York. This kind of smart, focused state support coupled with private investment is exactly what our area needs to fulfill its potential as a hub for job creation and innovation.".
For the latest updates on the project visit: http://forcollegeandcommunity.org/updates-and-progress/index.shtml. Check out the web cam for a live, birds eye view of construction any time: http://forcollegeandcommunity.org/cam.shtml.