Jacksonville University’s College of Health Sciences is now the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences to commemorate the largest gift in the college’s history.
The new name is in honor of the long-running partnership between JU and Brooks Rehabilitation that has included the nonprofit company’s donation of $4 million over several years.
The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences represents $24 million worth of the school’s ASPIRE 2020 campaign with the goal of raising $120 million to make improvements that include scholarships and academics, campus and student life and athletics.
Doug Baer, CEO of Brooks Rehabilitation said the new name marked “a significant milestone in our long partnership between Jacksonville University and the Brooks organization” and is only the start of further collaborations between Jacksonville University and Brooks.
“To achieve great outcomes for our patients, we need well-trained, engaged people. That’s why this partnership is so important to Brooks, and we believe to the entire community,” Baer said.
The goal of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is to not only improve the programs the school offers by creating a more cohesive learning environment, but also to attract the brightest students possible and better respond to the healthcare marketplace’s need for well trained professionals.
The partnership will also enhance training of skilled occupational therapy professionals, further bolster the school’s budding health informatics program and see the school initiate a program in mental health counseling that will concentrate on marriage and family practice.
According to the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Health Sciences Dean Christine Sapienza, it’s all part of a strategic plan devised by JU and Brooks Rehabilitation to keep pace with changing demands of the workforce and adapt to new policies in healthcare.
Brooks Rehabilitation has a 157-bed rehabilitation hospital with a state-of-the-art research facility and a significant footprint in the Southeast region. In addition, over 25 outpatient centers enable the nonprofit to provide patients with some of the finest occupational and physical therapy in addition to speech-language pathology.
As part of the partnership, Brooks Rehabilitation has also helped the school solidify plans to build out the already successful Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program by making a seven- figure donation in 2014 that helped JU establish the program.