SU creates new college to address health industry needs
New changes are coming to Salisbury University.
The university is making an addition that looks to put health care in the forefront, but also meet the needs of residents here on Delmarva.
"Salisbury university is creating a new college, the College of Health and Human Services," Dr. Karen Olmstead, the Interim Provost at SU.
Salisbury says the new college will be a complete re-structure of S-U's current health program.
"It will house 3 different schools, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and the School of Health Sciences," says Olmstead.
By creating this umbrella college, school officials looks to better prepare students to reflect the growing need of the health industry.
"With two thirds of Medicare recipients suffering from multiple chronic conditions, the demand for health care, nursing, and other health and social services will definitely soar," say Dr. Kelly Fiala, the Transitional Dean for the new college.
PRMC officials agree, which is why are partnering with the college.
"It really helped us from a labor market perspective and it is taking this next step and bringing these different schools under one central college. It is going to help us provide a good academic experience as well as good clinical experience," Steven Leonard, President and CEO of Peninsula Regional Health System.
Real experience that school officials want to translate into making a difference in the local community.
"Mental health, opioids, and just access to care. Those are the things we are worried the most about and paying the most attention to right now," says Dr. Fiala.
As of right now SU does not plan on a new building to house this new college, but continuing expansion is not out the picture just yet.
The college will launch this fall 2,200 students.