Pace University opened a new and enlarged health care center on its Pleasantville campus on Thursday, April 5, celebrating the 40th anniversary of its University Health Center.
The first nurse-managed academic health care service on a university campus in the United States, UHC opened its doors at Pace in 1977. A novel concept at the time, the use of nurse practitioners is now common practice in primary care.
UHC offers a wide range of primary health care services and its leading-edge care continues to be a model, nationally and internationally.
The new Pace location, which moved from the Goldstein Fitness Center to the Paton House, is approximately 2,000-square-feet with four patient exam rooms, a procedure room, larger reception area and a lab.
More than 1,700 patients, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families are treated there each year.
UHC’s nurse practitioners can treat most common illnesses, prescribe or refill medications, order lab and radiology tests, and refer to speciality care. Considered in network to multiple health care insurance providers, UHC also acts as a clinical setting for nursing students and preceptorships.
“This new facility will allow us to see more patients in a more comfortable setting and we have already begun to see an increase in patients,” said Harriet R. Feldman, dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “We are carrying on a great tradition of patient-centered healthcare in a new, more modern facility that will better serve our campus community.’’
In honor of the milestone, Dean Feldman and Karen Martin, associate director of University Health Care, accepted a proclamation from the office of state Sen. Terrence Murphy.
The day’s activities began with a conference “University Health Care at 40: Emerging Trends in Primary Care,” which examined the evolution of the role of nurse practitioner and successful trends in health care. The conference included a panel of nurse practitioners who helped build and shape UHC throughout the years
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