/ by UK HealthCare
The UK College of Medicine – Northern Kentucky Campus, a collaboration with Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, received the annual Unity Award at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner held on Sept. 20.
The Unity Award is presented to an individual or individuals who have shown leadership in bringing Northern Kentuckians together to find regional solutions to Northern Kentucky challenges.
UK College of Medicine – Northern Kentucky Campus
“The UK College of Medicine – Northern Kentucky Campus was envisioned by our leadership as a proactive solution to address the growing physician shortage across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Robert S. DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine. “Along with our dedicated partners at Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth, we are honored to receive this award and to be able to directly address a challenge for the region.”
The four-year regional medical school campus will open in August 2019 with an inaugural class of 35 students and will be located in the NKU Albright Health Center. Onsite learning, such as basic science courses, will be taught following the UK College of Medicine curriculum in collaboration with partners in the region. Each of them will have an appointment with the UK College of Medicine.
“The UK College of Medicine – Northern Kentucky Campus is an outstanding example of innovation growing out of public-private partnership,” said Ashish Vaidya, president of NKU. “It will transform how we educate and train the next generation of doctors and healthcare professionals who will be on the front lines of the population health challenges within the region.”
Garren Colvin, CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, stated: “We are extremely proud of this collaboration that will allow UK to expand its College of Medicine enrollment in a manner that effectively and efficiently utilizes existing resources throughout the state. We know that working together – across disciplines and across the Commonwealth – is the best way to ensure real, positive change for those we serve. Together, we will be able to bring students from across the Commonwealth and the nation to our region to continue to strengthen the healthcare landscape in education, training, teaching and practicing.”
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1969, focuses its efforts on education, workforce development, international trade, leadership development, and government relations at the federal, state and local level. The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is the chamber’s largest networking event of the year and recognizes community and business leaders who are making a lasting impact in the region. The event also highlights the strides the NKY Chamber has made in the last year and shares plans for the year ahead.
“The individuals and organizations being recognized tonight reflect the best our region has to offer,” said NKY Chamber President Brent Cooper. “With our increased membership, sold-out events and ‘off-the-charts’ good reviews, it is clear the NKY Chamber is as important to our community today as it has ever been.”