INNOVATION Health Campaign
The Delta College Foundation's INNOVATION campaign goal is to fund the renovation of the Allied Health Building, now called the Health Professions Building, and continue Delta's tradition of excellence in health education.
Healthcare has changed dramatically in Delta's 50-year history. New technology provides simulation capabilities far beyond what was previously available to students and instructors. To meet the vision of tomorrow's instruction and to fulfill Delta's mission, we must ensure that the Health Professions Building – opened in 1978 – not only meets but exceeds current standards. Capital renovations made in today's building will provide improvements for the next 20 to 30 years. And it all can be accomplished through a visionary redesign of the current facility, rather than construction of an entirely new building.
Education for Tomorrow's Healthcare Professionals
Since the 1960s, Delta College has provided quality health education to area professionals. Thousands of graduates have become licensed registered nurses, and countless others hold positions in the health field throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Delta College is proud of its healthcare legacy and is determined to continue its leadership role in developing knowledgeable, skilled and effective healthcare professionals who provide extraordinary care for our region.
More than 28 percent of Delta students are enrolled in health-related or health science programs. Comprehensive education assists students seeking careers in the following areas:
- Nursing (RN, LPN, and CNA)
- Dental Assisting
- Dental Hygiene
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Health Information Technology
- Medical Office Professional
- Pharmacy Technician
- Physical Therapy Assistant
- Radiography Respiratory Care
- Surgical Technologist
Impact on Healthcare in Our Region
The impact of health careers can be seen in the Great Lakes Bay Region's largest medical hospitals, which now represent four of our community's top ten employers. The renovation of Delta College's Health Professions Building will affect nearly every aspect of healthcare in our region – from dental offices to nursing homes, and from physical therapy offices to radiography labs. From small medical offices to the largest facilities, trained and educated workers are vital.
The local economy depends on having educational resources available to students, employees and organizations. Delta College plays a major role in education and re-education of our residents. And, the College is positioned to be the leading supplier of educated employees for local healthcare providers. However, our current facilities are insufficient to reach that potential.
The Delta College Health Professions Building project will include 91,484 square feet of renovated space and 950 square feet of additional space for a hospital-size elevator. Construction and renovation is targeted for the summer of 2013. This would allow the least amount of disruption to the many students studying in the health-related fields, by scheduling the project during the spring/summer semester.
Focusing on innovative design, content and the highest level of sustainable construction, Delta College will:
- Upgrade medical and dental equipment
- Create multi-disciplinary laboratory and simulation rooms
- Increase flexibility for future programs
- Create a critical care simulation area and multimedia laboratory
- Optimize classrooms and common spaces
- Create interactive space outside the classroom for students and faculty
Supporting Delta College's strong emphasis on sustainability, we will build to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard of construction.
The State of Michigan believes in Delta's ability to provide excellence in health education and has allocated $10 million to the project, but this is only half of the much-needed funds. The College is contributing $3 million from its Capital Reserve Fund toward the match, which leaves $7 million to complete the project. The Delta College Foundation is required to raise the entire amount in order to be eligible to receive funding. As the project is implemented and construction occurs, all local dollars must be spent first, before receiving the match from the state.
Healthcare is one of Michigan's primary employment sectors, and these highly skilled and highly paid jobs are on the rise. However, health education programs are some of the most expensive to offer due to the complex equipment needed.
Project expenses will include:
Construction for extensive renovations
Outdoor site improvements
Technology and communication equipment
Classroom technology and furnishings
Office and public space furnishings
Professional fees, state fees and relocation costs
Transforming the building and educational environment can be done while still maintaining Delta's cost-effective degree delivery. But the College can't fulfill its educational healthcare mission without your support.
Your Support is Needed
Thoughtful and proportionate gifts from friends and supporters of Delta College will be necessary to make the campaign a success. From the Delta College Trustees and Foundation Directors, faculty and staff, to corporations, foundations, alumni and community residents, the Delta College Foundation's INNOVATION campaign will be successful only if everyone participates.
We need your help. Your contribution will impact our entire region. Please consider making a donation to the Delta College Foundation's INNOVATION campaign. Significant naming opportunities are available for major gifts, including the naming of the entire building, individual laboratories, classrooms and other spaces.
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Supporters to Date
Following are those organizations that have pledged their support, as of January 23, 2013. We thank them for their generosity.
The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
C.K. Eddy Memorial Family Trust, as administered by Citizens Bank Trust Department
Charles J. Strosacker Foundation
The Dow Chemical Company
Dow Corning Foundation
Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation
Frank N. Andersen Foundation
Delta College Employees and Retirees
Allen E. & Marie A. Nickless Foundation
Wickson-Link Memorial Foundation
Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN)
Maynard L. Smith Jr. Trust
Alden & Vada Dow Family Foundations
Gougeon Employees Foundation
Morley Companies, Inc.
Russell H. & Maxine E. Smith Foundation
Alice E. Turner Memorial Trust
Wolohan Family Foundation
Garber Management Group
Michigan Sugar Company
Midland Area Community Foundation
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Charles F. & Adeline L. Barth Foundation
1st State Bank
Andrews Hooper Pavlik P.L.C.
Harvey Memorial Foundation
Plus additional contributions from a variety of individual donors.
Please contact Pam Clark, Executive Director of the Delta College Foundation, at 989-686-9225 with any questions you may have about health education or the INNOVATION capital campaign.