Franklin College will host an open house during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the establishment of the Franklin College Graduate Health Science Center. The center is located at 2085 Acorn Blvd., Franklin, on the lower level of the facility.
As part of a community partnership, Franklin College and Johnson Memorial Health (JMH) established the Franklin College Graduate Health Science Center, the new home to the college’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program, as well as its forthcoming Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The collaboration was announced in May.
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the newly renovated facility as well as meet with faculty from both masters programs.
The Graduate Health Science Center is housed in the lower level of the JMH-owned building on Acorn Boulevard, just west of U.S. 31, and approximately three miles from the Franklin College campus. The space was previously occupied by JMH Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies. Those services moved to the newly constructed Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Center on the Johnson Memorial campus in December. The upper level of the facility continues to house an Immediate Care Center, Occupational Health Center and physician offices.
“This open house offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in seeing what Franklin College’s master’s programs have to offer, to come, ask questions and meet many of the faculty and staff,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college. “This open house also falls during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, allowing our former students the opportunity to see first-hand the new developments at the college.”
In order to prepare the facility to meet the needs for the master’s programs, the existing area was renovated, with Franklin College having full control of the design of the 8,327-square-foot space. Office space, classrooms and an additional restroom were added. The college will lease the facility from the hospital for 10 years, with the option to renew the lease for an additional 10 years.
Previously, the college’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program was housed at 66 Water Street in Franklin while the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, which is set to begin in January 2019 pending accreditation by the ARC-PA, did not have dedicated space. Having both programs housed together greatly benefits the college, providing students and faculty the ability to collaborate more easily.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the college announced a $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette in support of the college’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The gift from Bissonnette, a 1962 alumnus of the college, and his wife, provides an additional cause for celebration at the open house.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Sep 24, 2018