Friday, July 14, 2017

Rainy Philadelphia: Week of July 14th

Greetings from a very rainy and gray Philadelphia. While the University’s academic activity may be a bit slower than the rest of the school year, many of us have been actively engaged in planning and other related strategic activities to assure we continue to bolster all of our programs, market our brand, both academically and clinically, and look toward opportunities to increase our effectiveness in everything we do.

To this end, I routinely meet and talk with my counterparts at Arcadia University (Glenside, Pa.), the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine better known locally as PCOM as well as other local colleges and universities to explore where we might be able to assist each other. For those with undergraduate programs, we can provide conduits to professions they don’t offer or even in the case where they might, offer their students other alternatives for training. Just yesterday I visited La Salle University and talked with their president about ways we could work together. It’s remarkable how many colleges and universities in our local area don’t know all of the programs we offer and the increased potential to work together for the benefit of all involved. From my perspective, this is a great way to educate others about the Salus brand and market the wonderful programs we have - and potentially see where we can leverage programs in other institutions that may interest and benefit our students. So, while summers are pretty busy for some of us we also recognize the importance of our faculty and staff taking well-earned and much needed time off to recharge so they can come return with new ideas and a higher level of energy to bring our programs to an even higher level of excellence.

That being said, I would like to congratulate Dr. Kyomi Gregory, an assistant professor in the University’s College of Education and Rehabilitation Speech-Language Pathology program, on her recently published chapter in a new book entitled: How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape. While I suspect this may not have had much to do with Speech-Language Pathology, it does demonstrate Dr. Gregory's academic versatility, diversity and scope of knowledge. Congratulations!

Now that I’ve bragged about a faculty member, it’s time to brag about one of our students. Jamie (Roden) Pucci, from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry class of 2018 achieved the highest score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I Basic Science Examination and received the Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence for her accomplishment. To put this in perspective, over 2,000 students from across the country took the exam this year and Jamie was #1 – congratulations!

Earlier this week, representatives from TD Bank and TD’s Charitable Foundation, presented a significant check in support of our “Looking Out for Kids” (LOFK) charity. A few days prior to that, we received another significant contribution from National Vision, Inc. in support of LOFK. Corporate sponsors like these two organizations allow us to go into local communities to provide necessary and definitive vision care to children who otherwise would never be able to afford or access these services. Every child we see who needs glasses receives two pairs - one for home and one for school, all free of charge to their families. This program and the care we provide changes lives. On that note, I’d like to remind everyone that our annual “Looking Out for Kids” charity fundraiser is on November 11th at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill (more info here). We’ve changed our venue and are hoping to really break some records when it comes to fundraising this year. Please help spread the word to your friends and colleagues and any potential corporate sponsors you think might be interested in providing help to children in need. And, buy a ticket to attend - it’s going to be a fun evening!

Next week, I’ll be off-campus attending the Population Health Academy at Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health. I’m really excited to hear insights into where they believe the American healthcare system might be headed in addition to learning about the latest population health techniques as they pertain to our clinical populations. It should be an interesting five days.

Hopefully the rain will stop soon and we end up with a nice weekend. Please be safe and have some fun. Summer is really trucking along!


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