August 26, 2015 05:19 PM
DULUTH, Minn. - Graduate students from the College of St. Scholastica's physician's assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs will have a new building to call home in about a year's time.
The 45,000 square foot, $17.1 million health science pavilion will house classroom and laboratories. It will also give students a hands-on learning opportunity through a free community clinic geared toward un- and under-insured patients.
Kim Kruger, director of the physician's assistant program, said that the three graduate health science programs had outgrown their building on St. Scholastica's Kenwood Avenue main campus. The new building is being constructed in the Bluestone development.
"It's close enough that we still have access to the main campus, but we also have the ability to interact with the community in a way that we can't in the setting where Scholastica is," Kruger said.
Ron Berkeland, dean of St. Scholastica's School of Health Sciences, touted how his programs tie back to the college's mission.
"The School of Health Science students are all engaged in intense health care programs, they're learning how to serve others through their professions. That is the College of St. Scholastica," Berkeland said.
Kruger said the free clinic will be an opportunity for students to get hands-on experiential learning, but also for St. Scholastica to expand its community outreach.
"We're talking about many working families who are underinsured, who would love to continue to get physical therapy, occupational therapy, help with their medications, social work, tapping into community programs that may support them," Kruger said.
She said she hopes patients will leave the clinic with the Benedictine mission of caring about the whole of a person.
"We care about what your needs are at home, both financial and economic, but also spiritual, social and what the family situation is," Kruger said. "So we're hoping that the patient recognizes that all of these components equal wellness."
Maurices provided a multi-year gift, so the clinic will be known as maurices Community Clinic.
Empty space on St. Scholastica's main campus will be allocated to support the school's nursing program and other programs. The facility is expected to open next fall.
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