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MCPHS to partner on optometry clinic as part of $5 million grant

June 21, 2012

Attending the press conference announcing the HRSA grant are, from left, Kent Daum, O.D., Ph.D., vice dean of the School of Optometry; MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr.; Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.); Jeanette Sewell, O.D., associate dean for Clinical Programs at the School of Optometry; and Lesley Walls, O.D., M.D., founding dean of the MCPHS School of Optometry.

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) and the Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW) announced the launch of a $1.5 million joint project to construct a state-of-the-art optometry clinic on the ground floor of the health center. The project is part of a $5 million grant awarded to the center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Among those on hand for the announcement at the health center were Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Mass.); MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr.; President and CEO of Worcester Family Health Center Frances Anthes; and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director Christie Hager.

“Going back to the launch of its pharmacy and continuing with our students’ clinic placements here, the college has a long, proud relationship with the Family Health Center of Worcester,” said Monahan. “As we launch our new School of Optometry, we are thrilled to also be involved in a project that will drastically increase access to good, quality health care in Worcester.”

The new optometry clinic will be partly staffed by faculty and students from the new MCPHS School of Optometry, which will begin receiving students in August.

MCPHS optometry students will also have the opportunity to do their clinical rotations at the clinic.

The optometry clinic, scheduled for completion July 2013, will see approximately 7,000 patients per year.

The MCPHS School of Optometry will be located at the college’s Lincoln Square Living and Learning Center, which the college purchased in 2010.

MCPHS recently completed $10 million in capital improvements at the site, which now includes an on-site optometry clinic, research space, administrative offices, faculty/staff offices, and an optical dispensary. The facility also currently houses 200 students.

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