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THE EDWARD R. LEAHY, JR., CENTER

THE J. A. PANUSKA, S.J., COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Challenges

Dedication of Leahy Community Health & Family Center in McGurrin Hall

On March 27, 2003, The Leahy Community Health & Family Center was dedicated in honor of Edward R. Leahy, Jr., the late son of University of Scranton benefactors Patricia and Edward R. Leahy. Mr. Leahy and U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood played an active role securing funding for the endeavor. Both were recognized at the dedication. The Leahy Community Health & Family Center is a multidisciplinary facility where educational opportunities and the health and wellness needs of the underserved will come together. Located in McGurrin Hall on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton, the Center is run by the faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students of the University's Panuska College of Professional Studies. The College offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, exercise science, education and counseling and human services. Services are offered pro bono by Pennsylvania licensed faculty and staff and their students. Intended client populations are those who have limited or no access to healthcare. The Leahy Community Health & Family Center began with a pilot study in April, and plans to begin providing some services in the fall of 2003. The handicap-accessible Center includes a reception area, administrative offices, interview rooms with observation and closed circuit video capabilities, examination rooms, and a large group activity/conference area. It also includes such sophisticated equipment as the region's only motion analysis system, capable of analyzing movement and the motor activity of people from infancy through advanced age. "The Leahy Community Health & Family Center blends so completely the unique quality of The University of Scranton with our Jesuit mission," said University of Scranton President Joseph M. McShane, S.J. "The center will provide a place for research, scholarship and practical experience for faculty and students alike while responding to the needs of children in our region who have special needs." "This is another example of the strong relationship between The University of Scranton and the people of our region," said Congressman Sherwood (Pa.-10). "The Leahy Community Health & Family Center will be a beneficial new resource for children with special needs and their families, while enriching the educational experience of students who are pursuing careers in health care fields."

L IA N EC I O SP DIT E

At the dedication ceremony and blessing of The Leahy Community Health & Family Center plaque on March 27: Atty. Frank McDonnell, President of the Board of Trustees; Dr. James J. Pallante, Dean of The Panuska College of Professional Studies; Edward R. Leahy; Jerry Morgan, District Director for Congressman Don Sherwood; and Robert P. Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania Auditor General

Mission

Integral to The University of Scranton's Panuska College of Professional Studies' mission is the belief that all Marybeth Grant-Beuttler, M.S., disciplines PT, during gait analysis presenshould be tation in the mediated classroom taught and understood through a balance of theory and practice in the context of a Jesuit tradition and spirit. The Panuska College of Professional Studies' Leahy Community Health & Family Center is designed with this focus in mind. The Center is dedicated to the dual purpose of identifying and meeting the health and wellness needs of underserved populations in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience.

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he Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center was founded in 1995 by Edward and Patricia Leahy to honor the life and memory of their son, Edward R. Leahy, Jr., whose personal disabilities were attended to with compassion and skill by many health professionals over the course of his life. The Leahy Center provides financial resources to support theoretical and applied research, faculty development, and support for programs that advance the cause of disabled persons who need long-term assistance. The Center supports the work of persons practicing in physical and occupational therapy, nursing science and related health-care areas, with particular interest in individuals and groups that approach their practice as scholars, teachers and practitioners. Primary recipients are University of Scranton faculty from the Panuska College of Professional Studies, consisting of the Departments of Counseling and Human Services, Education, Exercise Science and Sport, Health Administration and Human Resources, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Each fall the Center publishes a Call for Proposals to identify candidates for next year's grant awards. Awards are granted in May for the following year. The selection committee is comprised of four members of the University's allied health faculty and the Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies. The Center was established and is supported, in part, by an endowment established by the Leahy family. This endowment is enriched annually by gifts from corporations and individuals who wish to support the work of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center.

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Leahy Center Dedication,

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Edward R. Leahy Gives Keynote Speech at Dedication Luncheon

The Leahy Community Health & Family Center is the newest of several educational, professional, scholarly and service-centered activities of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center.

Past Accomplishments

Two thousand three marks the eighth year of the existence of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center at the University of Scranton. I think that in eight short years, the record of accomplishment that has been achieved by the Center is nothing short of astounding. And for this we owe a great deal of gratitude to the leadership and vision both of Father Panuska, under whom the Center was founded, and of Father McShane, who has helped to guide its mission, and to the leadership, vision and extraordinary stewardship of Dr. Pallante, Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to the faculty and staff within the Panuska College of Professional Studies whose work has been key to achieving the Center's goals of becoming a leading resource for the study of disability and therapy issues nationwide, and, on a very practical level, of providing therapy and counseling locally to individuals with disabilities. In addition, we are forever indebted to our many friends, some of whom are here today, who have been such ardent supporters of the Center over the years. During these past eight years, the Leahy Center has awarded a dozen grants to faculty for ground-breaking research on a wide range of issues designed to help people with disabilities. These have included projects relating to: (1) Developing a framework to identify and assess developmentally vulnerable children and their families at the earliest possible time. This is a critical project because the earlier the identification and assessment of the problem, the sooner intervention can occur and the sooner you are on the right road to beneficial treatment. (2) Adopting children with HIV/AIDS, a project that was titled, "In the Eye of the Hurricane." It was designed to inform adopting families of the issues they are likely to face, to raise awareness of the need to provide HIV children with stable and loving homes, and to tell the stories of these children and their adopting families so as to motivate more such adoptions and possibly to affect public policy to assist these children and their parents. (3) Promoting in-home care management for children with cystic fibrosis. This project also produced a video for parents and care givers to help them provide respiratory therapy for their children at home. (4) Designing a mentoring program for children with disabilities so that properly trained and motivated adults can provide enhanced opportunities for these children to awaken areas of their lives that have gone untouched. As this project demonstrated, able or disabled, we all have doors; somebody just has to knock. (5) Finally, two international projects that we are proud of: · The first involved identifying and dealing with the barriers to a university education for disabled students in the Slovak Republic; and · The second established the first demonstration classroom for children with disabilities in the Republic of Georgia. This model classroom incorporates current "best practices," and is designed to encourage greater educational and social inclusion of children with disabilities. It has served as the model for several additional classrooms within the Georgian Republic.

(continued on p. 6) Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Board of Trustees; Karen Clifford and Anna Cervenak, Verizon; Edward R. Leahy; Dr. James J. Pallante, Dean, The Panuska College of Professional Studies; Msgr. John Jordan, CPS Board of Visitors; Atty. Frank McDonnell, President, Board of Trustees

THE EDWARD R. LEAHY, JR., CENTER · CHALLENGES SPRING 2003

Purpose

Construction of The Leahy Community Health & Family Center began in fall 2002. The intent of the Center is to: · Provide a place where the 109 full and part-time experienced, licensed faculty of the Panuska College of Professional Studies can apply and maintain their skills in treating clients. The College is comprised of seven health-related departments. · Provide a rich teaching and learning environment for faculty and students that meets real community needs. · Identify and develop collaborative community relationships with referral sources, client populations, and other agencies and institutions in order to identify and match needs with academic opportunities and services. · Provide a fertile ground for faculty research agenda to be identified, matched with community needs, and implemented.

Dedication and blessing of the plaque by Msgr. Joseph Quinn

· Where possible, emphasize interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and service delivery.

Funding Sources to Date

The Center was constructed in the University of Scranton's McGurrin Hall with a $453,510 Health Resources and Services Administration grant from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The University of Scranton was responsible for funding an additional 8% to bring the total to just under $500,000. A $15,000 grant from Verizon Foundation provided the equipment for a mediated classroom. The University of Scranton is providing an annual operating budget to support a part-time secretary with plans to increase support for a director as the Center expands.

Mr. Edward R. Leahy

Future Plans

The Leahy Community Health & Family Center is seeking additional grant funding over the next two years to Micardo L. Johns, Managing Partner of AEG support efforts to collaborate with the Capital LLC, and Edward R. Leahy Hispanic/Latino community. The plans are to develop, implement, and evaluate one or more models of health related service delivery that integrates the Panuska College of Professional Studies' curriculum with health services to the underserved Hispanic and Latino populations in the Scranton area. Emphasis will be placed on creating programs that are sustainable, flexible, and that meet the academic needs of students and faculty, and University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., addresses the health and wellness needs of the Hispanic/Latino community. the dedication ceremony audience

Pennsylvania Auditor General Robert P. Casey, Jr.

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The Leahy Community Health & Family Center in McGurrin Hall: Before and After

Workers taking a break

Demolition

Entrance to The Leahy Community Health & Family Center, Kressler Court

Starting with the studs

Conference room and observation area

One of three interview rooms

Elevator shaft (above); electrical room (below)

One of two examination rooms

Classrooms

Waiting area

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All-purpose room (observation window shown at left)

Challenges is edited by Rhonda A. Waskiewicz, Ed.D., OTR/L, Associate Dean, The Panuska College of Professional Studies, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4670 (570) 941-7565

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Edward Leahy Gives Keynote Speech at Dedication, cont.

In addition to sponsoring these and other excellent projects, the Center has now honored three Leahy Faculty Fellows, who hold their posts for two years each. These awards include a cash stipend, a grant for professional development and a contribution toward the creation of Construction of the gait analysis walkway an endowed chair in the College in recognition of the Fellows' fine work. Dr. Gary Mattingly, Dr. Ollie Morgan, and Dr. Margarete Zalon are our Leahy Faculty Fellows to date. And last year was another great year because the Center inaugurated our annual conference on disability issues. The conference was a complete success and this year, on September 18-19, we will host our second annual conference, and plans for that conference are well along. volunteered to serve as a key medical resource for the work of the Center. As to our goals for the Community Health & Family Center, first and foremost it will provide free physical and occupational therapy to underserved children in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Second, the Center will provide counseling to the families of our children. A child's disability is often very difficult for a family, and we are here to be a help and a resource for our families. Third, the Center will serve as another strong bond between the University and the communities in the Scranton area ­ a bond whereby service learning in the Jesuit tradition and our considerable expertise and training can provide a practical health care benefit to disabled children and their families in our area. We will do all that we can to improve the quality of life for our children and our families. About 125 years ago, John Cardinal Newman wrote the classic treatise The Idea of a University. In it, he described the great truths that universities are charged to impart and how they should best go about accomplishing that mission. Newman wrote that the finest academic institutions, "if they deserve the name university at all...must have a definite ethical character, and that they imprint that character on the individuals who direct and frequent them..." Well, in my judgment, the creation of this Community Health & Family Center is another example of how this University achieves Newman's goal of spreading our "ethical character" by contributing our highest skills to help the underserved in our community. Cardinal Newman would be proud! But, to bring all of this back home, we, of course, would not be here today if it were not for the courage and indomitable spirit of a little boy named Edward. Our son was with us for only eight years, nine months. He had a big, broad smile and a hearty laugh and if I were to close my eyes I could still see that smile and hear that laugh as if Edward were right here physically with me. Edward was born with significant health problems. He had very severe cerebral palsy; he had no use of his arms or legs; he could

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Edward Leahy Gives Keynote Speech, cont.

not see; he had serious seizures; a failing respiratory system; and more. But Edward had the kind of spirit that I love. He was happy and smiling and always looking forward to another day. He would bear the most difficult medical procedures and, then minutes later, there would be that big smile again. His strength of character touched so many people and, in his memory, we have tried to engage in a continuous celebration of his life by helping others, particularly children, with special needs, but without sufficient resources to address those needs. This dedication today is a continuation of that celebration of Edward's life, and it stands as proof that the youngest and the smallest among us can make a real difference. Eight years, nine months is such a short time. But, in my view, Edward's short life is a prime illustration of the wisdom of Solomon, who said: Honorable Age is not that which Standeth in Length of Time, nor that Is Measured in Number of Years; Being Made Perfect in a Short Time, He Fulfilled Long Years. That is a wonderful, strength-building passage that, to me, perfectly describes Edward's passage on this earth. But there are other words of Solomon that I will close with today. They are taken from a little book of bible passages that quotes a particular passage and then offers a brief reflection for every day of the year. I opened the book the other day to see what the passage was for March 27 and, by some coincidence Natalia Gomez, Leahy ­ I assume ­ it was the passage containing Community Health & Family Center secretary Solomon's dedication of the Temple. The language is appropriate to our own little "temple of hope" that we dedicate today. Solomon said: Listen to my prayer and my request, O Lord. May you watch over this Temple both day and night. May you always hear the prayers we make toward this place. May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and J.A. Panuska, S.J., University President Emeritus, Your people when we and Mr. Frank McDonnell, President of the Board of pray toward this Trustees, catch up during the tour. Barbara Wagner, place. M.S., PT, is in the background. That is the story of the Leahy Community Health & Family Center. With God's help and yours, its mission will succeed.

Present Realities and Future Aspirations

Marybeth Grant-Beuttler, M.S., PT, and Mike Sluck, construction foreman, discuss installation of the force plates in the gait analysis lab

The completed gait analysis walkway

And now, today, what I view as the keystone of the work of the Center, the Community Health & Family Center, becomes a reality. Indeed, this is a good time to thank someone who was so helpful in obtaining the federal funds that contributed to the construction and renovation work for the Center and that, of course, is Congressman Don Sherwood. It was a great pleasure to work with Congressman Sherwood and his extraordinary staff. From the very first time I mentioned this project to them, they were determined to arrange for funding and I am forever grateful to them. I also want to extend a special thanks to my friend, Dr. Dom Cruciani, who has graciously

Contribution to The Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center

The work of The Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center is supported by the Leahy Endowment. Contributions from the friends and benefactors of the Center support its mission to explore new ways of delivering quality health care to underserved children and their families. Please help us to achieve these goals by making a contribution today. Founders Society · $5,000 and more Benefactors Circle · $2,500-$4,999 Patrons · $1,000-$2,499 Friends · up to $999 Name ___________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ City-_______________________________-State-______-Zip ______________ Organization _____________________________________________________ Charge $_____________ to Visa MasterCard Card Number: ____________________________ Expiration Date: ________ Signature ______________________________________________________ My check to The Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center is enclosed.

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Please send payments to: The Edward R. Leahy, Jr., Center, c/o Development Office, O'Hara Hall, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4615. Generosity of the contributions to the Leahy Center and its organizations are recognized on a plaque. Contributions are tax deductible.

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