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Campaign for Pacific

Health Professions Campus Building 3 |





Health Professions Campus Building 3 |


Estimated Project Cost: $35–60 Million | Fundraising Goal: $20 Million

In 1945, with the addition of the College of Optometry to Pacific University’s campus, the institution reconciled a long-standing identity crisis and became a true University—offering its first graduate degree, a doctorate in optometry. The College’s predecessor, the North Pacific College of Optometry, was founded in 1919 when the DeKeyser Institute of Optometry merged with the Oregon College of Ocular Sciences. Pacific Optometry was the first program in the United States to offer a doctorate degree in optometry. During World War II, the North Pacific College of Optometry realized they would have to align themselves with an academic institution if their degree was to have any value. They decided that a first-class liberal arts college would provide the strong academic standing needed to build their course of training. At the time, Pacific’s president Walter Giersbach was also looking to adopt a professional program to attract a new cadre of undergraduate students. After all, the war years had an immeasurable effect on recruitment numbers. After deliberating and inquiring with a few Portland-based


universities, Pacific University invited the North Pacific College of Optometry to join forces, and the College’s first classes commenced in the basement of Marsh Hall. This merger would lay the foundation for the University’s future distinction as a premier health professions and education institution. Several health-related professions would be ushered in more than 30 years later, and in 2004 the College of Health Professions was formed to amalgamate these programs under one roof. Indeed, the establishment of this College has further enhanced the reputation of all of

PROPOSED FRAMEWORK n Project is adaptable to match funding sources

the schools that now operate within it. Today, the University envisions co-locating the College of Optometry and the College


Targeted to open fall 2015

of Health Professions on one campus in


Explore potential partnerships with City of Hillsboro, Tuality Healthcare, other Educational Systems and/or Federal and State Resources

Hillsboro. With the successful completion of the Campaign for Pacific, the College of Optometry will inhabit a new home on the Health Professions Campus, and will enhance an already close relationship with the College of Health Professions.

Education in the 21st Century Pacific’s College of Optometry consistently ranks as one of the best schools for optometric education in the nation. The College offers outstanding didactic and clinical education, augmented by a world-class Vision Performance Institute where faculty are committed to cutting-edge research in the vision sciences. The $20 million fundraising campaign for the College of Optometry will establish a world-class facility in the heart of Hillsboro on the University’s Health Professions Campus. This campus currently houses the University’s College of Health Professions with programs in Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Professional Psychology, Dental Health Science, Healthcare Administration and a certificate program in Gerontology. This new building will provide flexible space for expansion of new programs, such as Audiology. This new state-of-the-art structure will provide the College with the tools needed to prepare the next generation of optometrists, researchers and optometric educators. The building will also serve to attract and retain the best and brightest students, faculty and researchers to the program. The new location in a larger metro area will help attract more patients, which will positively impact student opportunities. These patients will likely be from more diverse


The Health Professions Campus Building 3 will house Pacific University’s College of Optometry, adjacent to the MAX light rail system in the Hillsboro Health & Education District. Moving the College to this site will amalgamate all of Pacific’s health-related programs onto one campus. It will also open up new opportunities for interprofessional projects and programs as well as enhanced research opportunities.


All of Pacific University’s clinics, including the Eye Clinics, provide care to underinsured and uninsured patients both locally and globally.


backgrounds providing a wider array of clinical experiences. Pacific boasts the only educational program located in the Pacific Northwest offering a Doctor of Optometry degree program. In addition to the Vision Performance Institute, which will move from the Forest Grove Campus to the new facility, the Hillsboro Clinic will also be relocated from Creighton Hall on the Health Professions Campus to the new building. This will effectively locate all of the Optometric-related programs and services into one building on that campus.

Community Service The College of Optometry is committed to academic excellence. A major component of the program is to provide service both locally and globally. Optometry faculty, students, staff and alumni are engaged in volunteer projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala, as well as throughout the Portland-metro area. The College provides research and patient services in the areas of diabetes, vision ergonomics, children’s vision, sports vision and age-related macular degeneration among many others—delivered primarily to people facing healthcare disparities in disadvantaged communities. All of the College’s clinics provide care to patients who are low-income and under- and uninsured. But the College is also a pioneer in delivering services in the field. For several years the College has operated a mobile clinic, called IVAN. Recently they have expanded the clinic to include a trailer. Hundreds of school children, vineyard workers and migrant farm workers are the direct beneficiaries of this mobile clinic’s services. Additionally, the Colleges of Optometry and Health Professions have teamed up to establish a new Interprofessional Diabetes Clinic (IDC). The IDC is an important endeavor, involving several partners—Virginia Garcia, Tuality Healthcare and the Essential Health Clinic—to provide low-income and uninsured diabetic patients with a medical home that provides a comprehensive approach to disease management and treatment. The IDC is housed at the Health Professions Campus, where current clinical space is utilized. This clinic also provides the Colleges’ students with an opportunity to practice interprofessionally with one another as a healthcare team—much as they will in their professional careers. This interprofessional approach from a team of Pacific University healthcare providers can also be expanded to other patient populations, such as those who have experienced traumatic brain injuries or stroke. Having the College of Optometry co-located on the Health Professions Campus will only serve to augment these types of collaborative ventures, including a more extensive referral source.


PROPOSED MINIMUM BUILDING DESIGN n Recommended five story building— current height limits n Minimum of 75,500 square feet n Project cost range: $35–$37 million n Fundraising goal of $20 million n Project Development Duration: 24 months

Vision for the Future Plans call for a state-of-the-art facility on the Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro, co-locating all health-related programs on

PROPOSED MAXIMUM BUILDING DESIGN n Maximize site allowable area within current zoning restrictions n Maximum of 135,000 square feet n Project cost range: $55–$58 million n Fundraising goal of $20 million n Project Development Duration: 26 months

one campus. The College of Optometry will reside in the third building on the campus, which is adjacent to Tuality Healthcare and the MAX Light Rail system. Along with Tuality Healthcare, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic and Portland Community College’s health-related programs, this area of the city was dubbed the Health & Education District. The synergy between


This architectural rendering of Building 3 (not an actual photo) at the Health Professions Campus (HPC) will be situated on the block across from Creighton Hall (shown on left hand page) and HPC2.

these organizations has provided incredible opportunities for collaboration, internships, multidisciplinary work and research. The proposed new building will add up to 135,000 square feet for the campus. The building will also house a new campus library, student study and recreation spaces and an auditorium for student and community use. There may also be retail space offered to the community for enterprising new business ventures. In addition to featuring classrooms, clinical space and faculty offices, the College of Optometry will also have a significantly expanded research and development operation, under the umbrella of the Vision Performance Institute. Optometry will benefit from being nearer to Pacific’s other programs focused in healthcare. Already the two colleges collaborate on interprofessional training and clinical care. For example, during the fall and spring months, there is a monthly Interprofessional Case


Conference where faculty and other health professionals from the community, prepare and present clinical cases centered on issues that are most effectively addressed from an interprofessional perspective. The students from multiple health professions engage in a collaborative learning exercise to come up with solutions derived from this interprofessional perspective. The knowledge gained from these interactions will provide students in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies with the information to make more appropriate referrals to their optometric colleagues. The synergy between the two colleges will increase once they are housed on the same campus. In addition to gaining tremendous value from interacting with students from other health professions, the students will build lasting professional and personal relationships with each other, their faculty and the University. IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE

SAMPLE COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY NAMING OPPORTUNITIES Academic Building $5,000,000 Vision Performance Institute/Research Space $3,000,000 Auditorium (300 seats) $2,500,000 Atrium $1,500,000 Dining Commons $750,000 Lecture Hall $150,000 Classroom $100,000 Testing Lanes $50,000 Study Room $50,000 Faculty Office $25,000

in the current optometric education environment, Pacific must invest substantially in constructing this new building, which will house the College of Optometry. The new building will feature the latest in equipment and technology enabling our students to receive the very best education and learn about the latest innovations in the optometric field. The estimated cost of the building is $35–60 million and our fundraising goal is $20 million. This building will require substantial resources and a significant partnership with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations.


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