October 3, 2019

D'Youville Celebrates Health Professions Hub as Construction Begins

In an exciting moment for D’Youville and CannonDesign, the college celebrated the start of construction on its Health Professions Hub last Friday with a Hub Raising event attended by the D’Youville community, local executives, elected officials, alumni and members of our design team.

The project received its final approvals earlier that week from the City of Buffalo Planning Board and was profiled by The Buffalo News and Business First Buffalo among other local media. Our team constructed a seven-foot 3D model of the Health Professions Hub that key leaders, dignitaries and students assembled at the culmination of the event. The model represents the 59,680-square-foot education, training and community health center that will ultimately create a unique and innovative learning environment for students, while offering families in the College’s West Side neighborhood greater access to high-quality primary care services.

The Hub, akin to a teaching hospital, will deliver clinical care in a diverse environment, preparing learners and retraining professionals with skills for an evolving health delivery system. The Hub will offer community and home healthcare services with training using wrap-around interdisciplinary health teams. D’Youville’s ultimate goal is four-fold: to mitigate chronic illness by viewing the patient as a whole, to grow jobs, to eliminate provider shortages, and to create a living-wage ecosystem in the community.

“The Hub will be a world-class structure that will be the future of health care and a beacon for preparing health care providers to deliver superior quality care to those in need, starting here on the West Side of Buffalo, with the promise of developing a model that can be scaled across the state and nation,” said Lorrie Clemo PhD, president of D’Youville. “It will not only have visual impact in beautifying our neighborhood, but much more importantly, it will have a far-reaching social impact on our multi-ethnic, underserved community, which is D’Youville’s mission in action.”

Added our Michael Tunkey, our Principal for the project: “We’re so thrilled to be helping D’Youville bring their bold and exciting vision for the Health Professions Hub to reality. The project will help D’Youville better connect people, students to jobs, and its surrounding community to a brighter future. It is truly a transformative project.”

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