Community Partnerships Strengthen Programs
Consistent with the mission of Mary Baldwin College, the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS) is committed to addressing the growing need for health care in the Shenandoah Valley while educating future clinicians. Through the Augusta Community Forum and the Mary Baldwin College service learning network, MDCHS faculty and staff have connected with key community partners to develop ongoing projects that will be mutually beneficial.
Murphy Deming representatives recently attended the grand openings of Albemarle Therapy in Charlottesville and Western State Hospital’s new state-of-the-art mental health facility (Director of Occupational Therapy Ben Herz, Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, and Director of Physical Therapy Lisa Shoaf pictured at right). They have also initiated collaboration with leaders of community organizations such as Rebuilding Together Greater Augusta and the Augusta Regional Free Clinic. MDCHS faculty also engage with community members through their clinical work in hospitals, rehab centers, and other health facilities.