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Sacred Heart Breaks Ground On Center For Healthcare Education In Bridgeport

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University broke ground on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing.

Located at 4030 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres.

One of those new opportunities is the new multi-professional education clinic planned for the building. It will offer specialized single-profession services and a collaborative, holistic approach to needed services for everyone from pediatric to geriatric populations. Clinic staff will also have access to the motion analysis and human performance labs and a driving simulator.

The building will also house state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facilities designed to support a collaborative, team-based learning environment. Enhanced athletic training, human performance and motion analysis labs will provide up-to-the-minute learning environments for the exercise science and athletic training programs. The equipment will prepare students for careers in patient care where they will evaluate the physical performance of individuals with injuries and chronic conditions.

The clinic will be relocated to the new building from its current locations in the Pitt Center in Fairfield and the Cambridge building in Trumbull. The building will also serve as a site to host professional development activities for health-care providers in the community, and it will be the center for coordinating community-based programming supported by colleges, such as global health and service learning activities.

“The building will be architecturally significant and will enhance the neighborhood. The parking structure will allow for a reduction in surface parking that will be replaced with new lawns and planted areas, resulting in a greener and more attractive site design,” said Michael Kinney, senior vice president for Finance & Administration at SHU.

Breaking ground for Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education was, from left, City of Bridgeport Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Nunn (representing Mayor Bill Finch); incoming dean of the College of Nursing Mary Alice Donius; Bridgeport City Council members Tom McCarthy, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia and Michelle Lyons; College of Health Professions Dean Patricia Walker; nursing student Katherine Bernatchez ’16; occupational therapy student Lindsey Turse ’16 MSOT; trustee Thomas L. Rich; vice president for finance and administration Michael Kinney; and president John J. Petillo.

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