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SUNY College of Optometry Breaks Ground on Pediatric Center

The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry leadership hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Center for Pediatric Eye Care. The 5,000-square-foot facility on the 10th floor of the college’s midtown Manhattan campus will consolidate pediatric-related services to accommodate a growing number of children and families requiring basic and advanced eye care at the University Eye Center (UEC). It will open in early 2020.
 
The space will include eight new exam rooms opening into a collaboration zone for consultation and interprofessional care coordination, a designated exam room for children with special needs, a quiet room, a child-friendly waiting area with interactive activities, and a dedicated space for optical dispensing.
 
“Our innovative clinical care environment will also provide a state-of-the-art educational environment that incorporates clinical research and evidence-based practice to train future eye care professionals,” SUNY Optometry President David A. Heath says. “We will have a pediatric service unlike any other in the country and provide for the children of New York City and beyond thanks to the generous support of our many donors.”
 
Our Vision for Children, the College’s capital campaign for the new facility, secured $2.5M for construction, equipment, innovative diagnostic technology and modern furnishings to create a welcoming environment for the UEC’s youngest patients and their families. SUNY Optometry received $1.5M from the State of New York’s NYSUNY 2020 Awards to not only expand its clinical care facility but also provide a template for the future integration of contemporary health professions education and accommodate the College’s enrollment management plan. The Optometric Center of New York, the College’s affiliated foundation, secured a $200,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for construction, equipment and support of the new pediatric initiative.
 
Caption: SUNY Optometry Vice President for Clinical Administration Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez and president David A. Heath lead groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for Pediatric Eye Care.