Spalding has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana to fund the creation of a state-of-the-art Anatomy Education Center (AEC) in the new Kosair Charities School of Physical Therapy and Center for Interprofessional Education.
The new anatomy education center, to be named in honor of the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana, will house both a human dissection laboratory as well as a dry anatomy laboratory that incorporates technology for virtual dissection software and anatomical models to complement the instruction provided in the human dissection laboratory. The modern, multidisciplinary space will be utilized by students across various health fields, including physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, athletic training and undergraduate health sciences.
The Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana’s gift will not only support interprofessional collaboration, which is a critical to the future of the healthcare workforce and a signature of Spalding University, but will also create a humanistic and compassionate environment, where students are taught human anatomy and dissection in a way that values and respects the legacy of the human donors.
“Our objective at the Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana is to build healthy neighborhoods and support projects that integrate education, health and social services with the ultimate goal of sustainability and self-reliance,” said Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, president, Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana. “We are proud to support Spalding University’s creation of a center to advance the education of students in health care fields.”
The Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana Anatomy Education Center project is led by Professor and Chair of Kosair Charities School of Physical Therapy Lisa Zuber, PhD. Dr. Zuber’s education and passion for the delivery of physical therapy has been at the forefront for this project. The Legacy Foundation of Kentuckiana’s gift and the creation of the AEC will open doors to new and future healthcare professionals. As a result, the training will prepare Spalding graduates to be compassionate and capable caregivers within our local community and beyond.