Nazareth launches $45M capital campaign, plans for facility

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 4/12/2013 3:32:12 PM

Nazareth College of Rochester on Friday announced plans for a $16.5 million Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute intended to serve as a national model for health care education.

The institute is one of the foundations of a new $45 million capital campaign, college officials said. The Campaign for College and Community was announced at a kick-off event.

"The institute will provide affordable wellness, rehabilitative and related educational services to children and adults with varying abilities and needs who are underserved or require supplemental services,” Nazareth president Daan Braveman said. “Here, our students will provide these needed services under the supervision of trained, professional faculty, creating a unique environment where our students gain experience while our clients get the treatments they need.”

The institute will also allow Nazareth to churn out thousands of qualified graduates to fill regional and national health care jobs over the coming decade, Braveman added.

The center received a commitment of $6.5 million in gifts from a group of donors—Larry and Nancy Peckham, Dawn and Jacques Lipson and an anonymous donor. All are strong local supporters of this next generation health care initiative, Nazareth officials said.

Set to open in fall 2014, the institute would expand the existing educational and clinical facilities of the college’s School of Health and Human Services. The facility would be dedicated to nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, social work, creative arts therapy as well as pre-medical and pre-dental studies, Nazareth officials said.

By combining professional programs with on-campus teaching clinic facilities, Nazareth will set a national standard, said Shirley Szekeres, dean of the school.

"The Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute will extend our leadership regionally and nationally in providing education and opportunities for research and development in a broad array of health disciplines while serving the wellness and rehabilitation needs of the local community," she said.

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