BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—St. Vincent’s Medical Center began accepting patients at the new Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. The 125,000-square-foot building cost about $50 million and is designed to consolidate cancer prevention, diagnostic and treatment, according to a news release from St. Vincent’s. SWIM Across the Sound is a not-for-profit affiliate of St. Vincent’s focused on cancer education, prevention and screening at low or no cost. The four-story cancer center building also houses the new Michael J. Daly Center for Emergency and Trauma Care. The center was built to green standards, and introduces a generous amount of natural light filtering into the healing environment of its interior, according to St. Vincent’s, which is part of Ascension Health.
Regionals: Quinnipiac University to open medical school in 2013 or 2014 and more news ...
HAMDEN, Conn.—A new medical school with an emphasis on primary care and “global health” has been approved by the board of trustees from Quinnipiac University, a private, nonsectarian institution located between New York and Boston in Hamden. A recently concluded study determined that Quinnipiac has the financial and physical resources to open a medical school, and plans call for enrolling the first medical class by the fall of 2013 or 2014, according to a news release. Challenges still facing the school are finding a hospital or health system to partner with and meeting the accreditation criteria of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The university currently has an enrollment of about 5,700 full-time undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, and its school of health sciences offers programs for nurses, pathologist assistants, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and radiology assistants. An anesthesiology-assistant program is scheduled to start next fall. The university’s business and law schools also offer a healthcare compliance certificate graduate program. “Quinnipiac will be at the forefront nationally in addressing this critical healthcare need,” University President John Lahey said in the news release. “I commend Quinnipiac University for trying to take that on; that’s exactly the right road to take,” said Lori Heim, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a hospitalist at 102-bed Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, N.C., who applauded the announcement and offered the AAFP’s help in developing admission criteria and curriculum.
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