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Unity Health System and Nazareth College Solidify Partnership

Unity Health System and Nazareth College have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster the development and education of the next generation of health care workers, provide enhanced clinical services and outreach to individuals with functional disabilities, and implement professional development for practicing healthcare professionals.

The activities under this collaboration will include:

•Research: Foster opportunities for Nazareth Students to have access to patients and patient data for research. Opportunities for Unity employees to participate in research or conduct research projects under mentorship of Nazareth faculty.

• Program Development: Foster an exchange of information between the practicing clinician and Nazareth College faculty to ensure the most current knowledge and practical applications available.

• Community Reintegration: Facilitate an extension to the continuum of care available to individuals with functional impairments through development of the referral process and intake coordination between Unity Health System and the Nazareth College Academic Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation including nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and music therapy.

“The preparation of properly educated health care professionals is a key component to improving quality, efficiency, affordability, and accessibility of health care in our community,” said Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “This partnership with Unity Health System allows Nazareth College to play a prominent leadership role in meeting the health system workforce needs in our community and beyond. It also is part of our larger efforts to develop an Academic Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation that will serve as a national model for educating health care professionals.”

In a health care environment with ever changing reimbursement and funding challenges, this collaboration will allow the opportunity for Unity Health System patients to be offered non-traditional programming, such as art, music, play and yoga therapy, while providing practical experience to those developing clinicians.

“Unity Health System is excited to partner with Nazareth College on this significant step forward in the training and education of future health care professionals,” said Unity Health System President and CEO Warren Hern. “Linking Nazareth's national reputation with Unity's wide breadth of programs and services will further enhance Rochester's reputation for high quality, low cost health care.”

At Unity Health System you’ll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital, located on the Unity Park Ridge Health Care Campus in the town of Greece and the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Stroke Center, Brain Injury & Physical Rehabilitation, and Chemical Dependency. Our Center for Aging has the area’s most comprehensive range of services for older adults
which includes specialized care for dementia, a chronic ventilator unit, three skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a short-stay transitional care center, home health services, adult day programs, and The Villages at Unity—an independent senior living community. ACM
Medical Laboratory is a world leader of patient and clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York, York, England, and India, and lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our overall
employee and patient satisfaction ratings and quality outcomes. For more
information, visit ww.unityhealth.org

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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