Morehead State University (MSU) officials accepted a donation from the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) Friday, March 17, at the Center for Health, Education and Research for a new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. The program will be a joint partnership with MSU and St. Claire Regional (SCR).
"A physical therapy program at Morehead State University will have a positive impact in our community and on East Kentucky's healthcare future," said MSU President Wayne D. Andrews. "The program will build on the collaboration between St. Claire Regional and MSU and the continued success of our academic programs in the health sciences."
"St. Claire Regional is proud to once again partner with MSU to provide new healthcare education programs to our region," said SCR President/CEO Mark J. Neff. "As the largest healthcare provider in Northeastern Kentucky, we are certainly happy to assist in training and retaining young physical therapy students. This new program will increase our region's access to competent, caring professionals who help optimize movement and improve life experiences for those whose abilities are threatened or impaired due to developmental deficits, aging, physical illness or injury."
"The Kentucky Hospital Association is honored to assist St. Claire Regional Medical Center and Morehead State University in the establishment of their Doctor of Physical Therapy program," said KHA President/CEO Michael T. Rust. "It is my hope this program will offer students increased access to higher education in this field while fulfilling a need for physical therapists in the eastern part of our state. The support of this program goes along with the mission of KHA to improve the health of the citizens of the commonwealth."
Joining Dr. Andrews, Neff and Rust at the presentation were Dr. Steven Ralston, MSU provost; and Dr. Wayne Miller, dean of the College of Science; Greg Bausch, PharmD, St. Claire Medical Group Chief Operating Officer; Karen Holified, SCR Vice President of Clinical/Post-Acute Services; and Debbie Neff, SCR Director of Physical Med/Rehab Services.
The Kentucky Hospital Association was established in 1929. The association represents hospitals, related healthcare organizations and integrated healthcare systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the citizens of Kentucky. The association is headquartered in Louisville.
Additional information is available by contacting MSU's College of Science at 606.783.2158.