The Blanchard Valley Health System Center for Health Professions, previously known on campus as The Pavilion, houses the University’s nursing and physician assistant academic spaces including classrooms, labs, storage, faculty offices, and study spaces. University of Findlay President Dr. Katherine Fell; Blanchard Valley Health System President and CEO Myron Lewis; Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Marcia Sloan Latta; and board of trustee members from each institution were in attendance to commemorate the event.
This strategic, collaborative partnership between the two organizations gives University of Findlay students opportunities for hands-on clinical experience, helps recruit talented and well-trained healthcare workers for positions within BVHS, and ultimately provide excellent healthcare to the community. “Our UF College of Health Professions has earned a national reputation of excellence for preparing a highly skilled, broadly educated, professional workforce in a wide range of career paths,” Dr. Fell stated.
“Having Blanchard Valley Health System and the University of Findlay come together in this way is a testament to their commitment to the community. There is an overall benefit from both an academic and an economic development standpoint,” said Kim Stump, chair of the Blanchard Valley Health System Board of Trustees. “It’s a win-win situation.”
As part of this partnership, modifications were made to the now Blanchard Valley Health System Center for Health Professions to increase and enhance the academic spaces available for students and faculty within the health professions programs. The collaborative efforts of Blanchard Valley Health System and University of Findlay allows students to gain hands-on experience in a number of areas to further prepare them for their future careers in the health professions. Lewis mentioned that this “is a great example of partnership and collaboration that will live long into the future.”
A video of the event and tour of the updated facility is available on the University’s YouTube page.