UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Recently, Utica college received a $2.8 million grant. This is the largest single endowment the college has ever had. Today they announced that they’ll be using this donation to create the institute for the study of integrative healthcare.
“We’re so fortunate that the donors that wish to remain anonymous but, have been long time friends of the college had a very specific interest in integrated healthcare and so when they approached us with the idea of a significant contribution, which would not only benefit our students and our faculty, with regards to our study and research on the health professions. We also saw an opportunity where we could benefit the community and the region.” – Todd Pfannestiel, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Utica College
The donation will also be used for student scholarships and current healthcare professionals that want to learn more about integrated healthcare. Patrice Hallock, the founding director of the future institute, says the college has always done health-based research, but now they’ll have the finances to expand.
We have the researchers here to do this and this will give us the resources to give us the time to figure out how we can do it differently and in a new way. This will strengthen the college long term because the faculty are imagining the research and conducting the research. They’ll be able to share that with students in a way that will make the students learning meaningful.” – Patrice Hallock, Director for the Institute of Integrated Healthcare
The new institute is up and running and they’re already planning educational events . Due to COVID-19, many employees are still working remotely and they haven’t picked a physical location yet. More information can be found on their website here.