SOURCE: Marshall B. Ketchum University

Marshall B. Ketchum University

August 23, 2016 11:00 ET

Ketchum University Dedicates Newest Facility, Ketchum Health

Marshall B. Ketchum University Formally Dedicated Its Newest Facility, Ketchum Health, on Saturday, August 6, 2016 Before a Crowd of University Alumni and Friends

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwired - August 23, 2016) - At a formal dedication ceremony held on August 6, 2016, University President Kevin Alexander, OD PhD, shared his vision for the Southern California College of Optometry, now in its new home at Ketchum University.

"In my 2009 inaugural address, I shared a vision for a college of optometry that not only provided the best training for optometrists, but was a leader in health care education," said Dr. Alexander. "I am happy to report that by the hard work of all, we now have an energized university, with a robust optometry school, a model PA program about to graduate its first class and a College of Pharmacy that welcomed its first students this fall. Now, with the completion of Ketchum Health, we are well on the way to accomplishing the vision set forth in 2009."

Dr. Alexander added, "As we began this journey, our motto has been, 'the future is expecting us.' With all humility, I am so proud to stand before your today and say, Ketchum University IS the future of health care."

"The vision where students from various disciplines can practice as teams is well on the way to reality," said Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Julie Schornack, OD, MEd. "Within the next 12 to 18 months, a medical clinic and dispensing pharmacy will be added to Ketchum Health, where PA and pharmacy students will also conduct their clinical training alongside optometry students."

"For the first time in Ketchum University's history, this new facility will bring to life President Alexander's vision of an interprofessional collaborative practice and education model," concluded Dr. Schornack.

After a toast led by Dr. Schornack, MBKU Board Chairman Jerry Hunter, EdD, joined President Alexander and other members of the MBKU leadership team in cutting a giant purple ribbon that had been placed across the entrance of Ketchum Health.

"This is an exciting time for Ketchum University," said Dr. Hunter. "As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank President Alexander and his entire team on achieving this significant milestone."

After the ribbon cutting, guests joined the Ketchum University leadership team inside for refreshments and tours of the new facility, including the 2016 Sharing Visions Art Exhibit.

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
Located in Fullerton, CA, Marshall B. Ketchum University is an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution. MBKU is home to the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of Physician Assistant Studies and College of Pharmacy. Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to the university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals. The university's Southern California College of Optometry confers a Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) degree. MBKU's School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree. MBKU's College of Pharmacy welcomed its first class in the fall of 2016 and will award a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers: the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health and the University Eye Center at Los Angeles.

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