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Letter from the Dean

Dear Alumni,

The start of this academic year brought dramatic changes with the move of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing to the McNichols Campus! The "Move" occurred on September 1st into the renovated wing of the Lansing Reilly Hall, now renamed the South Wing of the College of Health Professions. Our new building is nearing completion and we should be moved in prior to the start of the next term in January. Our new facility was officially dedicated on September 30 as part of the Presidential Inauguration Week. It was an exciting time with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends all sharing in the dedication of our new facility and the strong legacy and tradition of health professions now being truly visible on the McNichols Campus. The renovated wing will continue to house all faculty offices, the student lounge, faculty and staff lounge, distance seminar room, other board room/conference room spaces, as well as the Maureen A. Fay, O.P. Welcome Center on the first floor. The new building will provide new space for an administrative wing, two state-of-the-art health practice labs and individual exam rooms, a simulation classroom, computer testing and learning laboratory, anatomy lab, reflection room, and an entrance atrium that will house eight of the stained glass windows from the Mercy Chapel on Outer Drive. We are all excited to be on this campus; students tell us of feeling welcomed, and others on the McNichols Campus relate how exciting it is to see our students here and the wonderful addition we make to the campus life here. It is certainly making a dramatic difference in the number of students in lab coats throughout this campus!

At the start of this academic year, we saw a noted increase in enrollment, with a current enrollment of 1,039 students in the College. This is a dramatic increase with noted growth in undergraduate nursing and the second degree option nursing program. We also transitioned the nurse anesthesia program to a university-based model. While we continue to maintain our strong relationships with affiliated health systems, our nurse anesthesia faculty are now here on this campus. We also started three new BSN completion cohorts at Henry Ford Hospital Main, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, and Oakwood Southshore Hospital. Enrollment in all programs continues to grow, and we plan to further expand our pre-licensure nursing program and strategically grow our other programs in the College.

Our Physician Assistant Program recently received full re-accreditation status with no recommendations at the most recent meeting of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The next scheduled review for the program will be in 2011. We are proud of this program, as all our other programs, and the excellent quality that was affirmed during this accreditation review. This upcoming winter/spring we have three other site visits for Nursing with the NLNAC and the CCNE and for Nurse Anesthesia.

In other news, we welcomed several new faculty to the College and have noted increased service to the community through our Nurse Managed Center and other outreach that students and faculty continue to provide throughout metropolitan Detroit as well as in the Grand Rapids area. All of the changes and growth in the College demonstrate our commitment to providing cutting-edge health profession education, as well as our strong commitment to service and leadership in the community.

Throughout this fall, we have been very focused on the Move and the creation of the new building. From its conception, we have worked through the planning stages, the construction phases, the preliminary move to the College’s South Wing, and soon, the move into the completed, new portion of the College. We take pride in what we have accomplished together, and celebrate our rich and distinctive traditions and heritage in this new state-of-the-art facility. During our dedication of our new facility, we recognized several donors who have made a significant investment in the building: Henry Ford Health System (naming of the Anatomy Lab), Providence Hospital (naming of one of the Health Practice Laboratories), and Trinity Health (naming opportunity still to be determined). So many of you have been part of this process, and we thank you for your strong support. But we can’t sit back just yet. We continue to need your financial commitment to complete the new College of Health Professions. I’d like to encourage you to make a gift before the end of the year to help with the final stages of construction and equipping the facility. If you wish to make your gift online, please visit the University's Giving site or contact Enid Grauer, director of Development, at 313-993-1250.

This is a unique opportunity to build on the excellence for which the College of Health Professions is known and to invest in the students and health professionals who will serve the health care community in the future. When we finally complete the last "Move," we will host another "Open House" to welcome and show our new space in 2005! I look forward to welcoming you to our College in our new facility in the new year!

Suzanne Mellon
Dean, College of Health Professions
McAuley School of Nursing