On May 31, Spalding University announced its health sciences building will be named the Kosair Charities Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, in honor of Kosair Charities’ continued support of Spalding’s outreach and history of educating health practitioners.
For nearly 20 years, Spalding has been a beneficiary of Kosair Charities’ investments to the community. Their support was instrumental in the development of a mobile wellness unit and Kosair Charities’ Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana (enTECH) at Spalding’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy—an assistive technology resource center specializing in adaptive technologies to promote greater independence for individuals with disabilities. Kosair Charities’ enTECH also provides educational opportunities for current and future practitioners in the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy at Spalding.
“Kosair Charities’ incredible gifts change for the better the future of many organizations and the lives of the children they serve. For this reason, Spalding is pleased to announce the Kosair Charities Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences at Spalding University,” says President Tori Murden McClure. “We look forward to continuing our leadership in pediatric healthcare education and direct services in the community.”
This year, Kosair Charities gifted its largest single donation ($3.3 million) to the University. The recent donation will enhance the health and natural science education programs in the newly dedicated Kosair Charities Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences at Spalding. It will also further pediatric healthcare education in the School of Nursing, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, School of Professional Psychology, and Spalding’s Applied Behavior Analysis program. Additionally, a leadership position will be established and designated with the Kosair Charities name. Furthermore, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving child to attend a week-long experiential technology experience through Kosair Innovative Technology Experience (KITE). This program is operated through the Kosair Charities/enTECH partnership.
“This gift builds on the partnership between Spalding University and Kosair Charities, which has been focused on meeting the healthcare needs of the community’s children,” says Jerry Ward, Chair of the Kosair Charities Board of Directors. “We are delighted to take our collaboration with Spalding University to this new level which will support improved pediatric healthcare through excellence in education.”
The 50,000-square-foot Kosair Charities Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences building is home to the School of Nursing, the School of Natural Science, the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy and the Kosair Charities enTECH Center. Each year, the College provides coursework and clinical and practicum education to students who go on to practice in Louisville community and beyond.