As the online piece indicates, colleges across the country are approaching this new path for growth in “a variety of ways, including stronger alignment with regional employers and expanding programs and real estate focused on interdisciplinary education.”
The Health Professions Hub is a dynamic project that confronts two critical challenges in the Buffalo region. First, the city’s West Side community, rich with immigrants and refugees, is woefully underserved and faces complex challenges around limited access to care and prevalent poverty and food insecurity. Concurrently, the region anticipates a critical shortage of healthcare professionals in excess of 10,000 by 2024.
The Health Profession Hub converts both of these challenges into opportunity as a “first-of-its-kind” health center featuring innovative learning spaces, a workforce center, extensive virtual training resources, and a clinic offering primary care, rehabilitation medicine, nutrition, nursing, pharmacy, and more. All at once, the building improves community access to healthcare services, introduces educational opportunities focused on breaking the cycle of chronic illness, prepares a new workforce to seize in-demand healthcare jobs, and supports a living-wage ecosystem for Buffalo’s West Side residents.
“The Health Professions Hub has been a dream project for our team,” said our Michael Tunkey Principal and Design Leader for the Hub. “It is beautiful architecture that positively nourishes its community, changes lives for the better and reshapes our city to be more equitable, healthy and vibrant. We are beyond grateful to D’Youville for this incredible opportunity and congratulate them on the project’s official opening.”
Added Luke Johnson, Design Leader on the project, “The Hub is a game-changer for D’Youville and Buffalo’s West Side. It has been a joy to help make this building a reality and it will be even more rewarding to watch its impact grow and grow in the years ahead.”
D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub is just one of several academic health sciences projects our team has helped shape, including the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine Surgical and Innovation Training Lab among others.