Reid Health and Indiana University East are far more than campus neighbors in north Richmond.
Both share missions to serve people and institutions in Richmond and across the region. They are the top two beacons of growth – in numbers of employees and students, in new wellness-focused programs and in new buildings.
In the latest case, they also are partners in IU East’s fifth building on the campus, for which Reid Health has donated $100,000.
“IU East has been a longtime supporter and valued partner of Reid Health. We are extremely pleased to play a role in their new Student Events and Activities Center,” said Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Reid Health.
The dedication for the center will be held August 19.
Reid Health’s support of the center will be recognized in the gymnasium where the Red Wolves basketball and volleyball teams will start play this upcoming school year. Thousands of students can work on fitness in the building and it also will serve as a community meeting place; the public will be invited to visit on a regular basis for a variety of events that support IU East’s academic and community engagement goals.
Plans are also underway to permanently honor Reid Health in Springwood Hall where the fitness area in the Graf Center will be known as the Reid Health Wellness Center.
“This is an exciting and much-needed addition to their campus and we realize the importance of investing into health and wellness,” Kinyon said.
“Projects such as this, which encourage a healthier population, are a great fit for our mission of wholeness in body, mind and spirit.”
Reid and IU East already partner on many health-related initiatives.
Students in IU East’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences complete clinical work at the hospital complex that is only eight-years old. Many graduates go on to work at the hospital and in the Reid network of medical facilities throughout eastern Indiana and western Ohio.
Also, Reid Health provides athletic trainers who work with IU East’s student-athletes to help prevent and rehabilitate from injuries. Reid offers the athletic trainer to each of IU East’s 13 athletic teams at no charge – a service they offer to several other schools in the region.
Reid also gives its support to campus events such as Run with the Wolves and the biennial Nursing Gala.
For Kinyon, having great health and educational services are vital components of maintaining a good quality of life. He says this is true for those already living here and those who we hope to attract to the area. IU East and Reid Health, in his opinion, are vital in this effort.
“It’s important that we invest in our community. It serves as a sense of pride for our community and provides tools for us to recruit others to our town,” Kinyon said.
The long-awaited Student Events and Activities Center certainly can help in those regards.
This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million, which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at iue.edu/development.
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