RIT's New Building Focuses on Health
By James Goodman, Democrat & Chronicle
Rochester Institute of Technology had its grand opening ceremony on Friday for its new Clinical Health Sciences Center, a $15 million facility that gives RIT a greater presence in the health and wellness professions.
The 45,000-square-foot building houses the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition and includes space for a Rochester Regional Health physician’s office, which will open Oct. 19, with a family medicine practitioner.
RIT’s ceremonial ribbon-cutting was one of two such events on Friday. The College at Brockport also formally unveiled its $14.5 million renovation of Lathrop Hall, which first opened in 1951.
The new facility at RIT, which is attached to Louise Slaughter Hall on RIT’s campus in Henrietta, brings clinical health and wellness programs under one roof.
"This building provides space that is specifically designed to educate our students in the clinical professions," said Dr. Daniel Ornt, first vice president and dean of the Institute and College of Health Sciences and Technology.
Students in the physician assistant program have high-tech manikins in the new building. Nutrition management students have space to develop teaching tools, and the new building is where students in the diagnostic medical ultrasound program are being trained.
RIT’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation is also in the new facility, as will a bachelor’s in exercise science program that has been submitted for state approval.
Plans are also in the works for master’s degree programs in health and wellness and in the psychology of health and wellness. A doctorate in applied nutrition is also on the drawing board.
Rochester Regional’s family medicine practice will start with one doctor and provide primary and walk-in care for RIT faculty, staff and their dependents as well as members of the community.
This initiative stems from a 2008 alliance between RIT and Rochester General, which became Rochester Regional Health last year.
The RIT Student Health Center will remain the primary care facility for undergraduate and graduate students.