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05-07-1999

Clarkson University And Canton-potsdam Hospital Build Unique New Health Partnership

Potsdam, N.Y. – In a time of a rapidly changing health care, Clarkson University and Canton-Potsdam Hospital have teamed up to create a new health center that will benefit the entire region. Most often when you find a university and a hospital sharing a space it's at a big medical school's in an urban setting. But that's not always the case.

In a unique relationship, the University's Physical Therapy Program and the Hospital's Rehabilitative Programs recently agreed to a long-term service partnership located on the Clarkson campus.

As the University has been gradually moving out of its century-old downtown campus to a new location on its hill campus, it has also been developing a new Physical Therapy program. One building that had been vacated by moving the engineering programs to the hill, Clarkson Hall at 59 Main St., turned out to be perfect for both the Hospital and Clarkson to share.

The Clarkson University Board of Trustees in March 1998 designated $1.8 million to be used for the renovation of the building to a health care complex. The University's new Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program moved into the building in January. The Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) Rehabilitation Programs, including Physical Therapy and Neurorehabilitation, moved in last month.

But the partnership goes far beyond simply sharing a space. The Hospital staff will assist in teaching, and the University professors and students will have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting. A state-of-the-art evaluation center will also be provided using the resources of both the University and Hospital.

The Hospital, located on the first floor, will provide outpatient physical therapy services, along with additional comprehensive rehabilitation services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and neurorehabilitation programs. The Hospital will continue to provide inpatient physical therapy, and will continue to operate an outpatient physical therapy department in Canton, provide cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation in the hospital, and provide rehabilitation services at the Potsdam Community Nursing Home.

The University’s Physical Therapy Program, residing on the second floor, will feature an integrated basic science learning center, and practice, research and evaluation laboratories. The Masters in PT program will emphasize student-centered learning through problem solving.

The third floor will be rented to health-related and professional businesses.

It is estimated that 80-90 students will occupy the building at any one time, along with as many as 40-50 patients per day. The combined Hospital and University staff is expected to grow to 30-35.

An open house at this new "Center for Health Sciences" will be held on Thursday, May 20, from 3-5 p.m. The building will be rededicated to the memory of Robert Livingston Clarkson at a ceremony the week prior.

In its gradual move to the campus on the hill, the University is also working hand-in-hand with the Village of Potsdam to assure that its downtown campus will continue to be an integral part of the community. The Clarkson University Trustees have reviewed plans for use of the other buildings on the historic Potsdam village campus. A joint committee of V

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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