March 29, 2013
FRANKFORT, IND. – St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital, Ivy Tech Community College and the City of Frankfort officials announced a partnership today for the new Ivy Tech Center in Frankfort, which is scheduled to open in downtown Frankfort in the fall of 2013.
The new science lab at Ivy Tech will be named after St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital, and include anatomy, physiology, chemistry and other health-related areas of study.
As the area's primary healthcare provider, St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital is committed to ensuring the development of the local workforce. In addition, St.Vincent Frankfort supports the offering of an Ivy Tech curriculum that focuses on health and science courses, so students can then gain practical experience at the hospital.
"In alignment with our mission to improve the health of individuals and communities, we are honored to join the City of Frankfort and surrounding communities to support, facilitate and enhance the wellbeing and prosperity of our neighbors to further develop their skills, talents and abilities through Ivy Tech," said Tom Crawford, administrator at St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital.
By developing the education capabilities within the community, the City of Frankfort will retain local talent and build a healthier community through the Ivy Tech-Frankfort project. The 25-bed hospital will also support a pocket park, which is planned for the southwest corner of the block of Ivy Tech-Frankfort's campus.
"St.Vincent embodies the spirit of caring in a truly unparalleled manner," said Chris McBarnes, Mayor of the City of Frankfort. "I constantly admire St.Vincent's continual focus on access, advocacy, health promotion and community building. This generous gift is a true testament to the leadership and care that is brought to the City of Frankfort everyday by the caregivers of St.Vincent Frankfort. Our City will be forever grateful."
Ivy Tech-Frankfort will offer courses in liberal arts such as English, math and communications, which are required for associate degrees. Students at the new campus will be able to take courses to start all degrees offered through Ivy Tech – Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Sciences. The Associate of Arts degree is designed especially for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate institution after graduating from Ivy Tech.
The goal of Ivy Tech-Frankfort is for students in most programs to be able to complete at least a year of college in Frankfort before transferring to a regional campus to complete degree requirements. As enrollment builds, Ivy Tech-Frankfort will eventually be able to offer full programs.
"The community's vision and generosity continue to inspire us," said Dr. David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. "We look forward to working with St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital to advance community wellness and prosperity."
The campus will be located at 251 E. Clinton St., the current site of The Frankfort Times. The purchase of the building is being finalized, and The Frankfort Times will relocate their operations. Susie Trees, a lifelong Frankfort resident, has been named director of the new campus.
A community fund-raising campaign is under way to secure funds to remodel, equip and furnish the building.
St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital
St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving the residents of Clinton County. The facility provides a full range of health care services including inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory surgery plus a full-service obstetrics program and a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department. St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital joined St.Vincent Health and Ascension health in March 2000.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
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