BEAVERCREEK — Greene Medical Foundation, which serves Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia and Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, announced Kettering College as a tenant in the Ollie Davis Medical Arts and Education Center on Darst Road.
“We’re pleased to welcome Kettering College. Ollie Davis gave this facility to our Foundation in 2012 with the desire to continue her medical interests, and especially medical education, in Greene County,” shared Jeff Brock, president of the Foundation. “She had a passion to support and educate physicians. Kettering College’s proposed occupational therapy doctoral program to be housed here seemed a program that would make Ollie happy.”
Kettering College, located in Kettering and associated with Kettering Health Network, offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health science, including pre-med, nursing, and physician assistant, along with the proposed occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program. They are a candidate applicant to the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), as well as seeking approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR). They anticipate approval to begin classes in fall, 2014.
“Occupational therapy is a growing field, and is demanding more who have post-graduate degrees. Once we gain our approvals, Kettering College will join the existing five programs in the United States offering an entry-level doctorate,” said Kettering College President Nate Brandstater. “The Ollie Davis Center is a first class setting to start this program, and broaden our footprint into Greene County. The first time we saw this facility, we had no doubt it would help us attract students nationally—it seems to shout that great education happens here.”
The College recently hired Dr. Terrance Anderson as its OTD founding director who is recognized nationally for his leadership in the occupational therapy arena.
The Foundation transferred ownership of the Ollie Davis Center to Greene Memorial Hospital but retains interest in finding tenants.
“At Greene Medical Foundation, we intend to be good stewards for our donors, and Ollie entrusted this building to us expecting we would do well by her. Our Board spent significant time considering how best to honor her with its use and Kettering College’s program fits well,” Brock continued. “We are already talking with the College and our hospitals about possible OT clinical residencies to advance the occupational therapy our hospitals offer in Greene County.”
Greene Medical Foundation plans a fall open house to better introduce Kettering College to Greene County. To learn more about Greene Medical Foundation www.ketteringhealth.org/foundation for Kettering College www.kc.edu.