MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

August 13, 2013

Occupational therapy grant a boost

Muskogee has solidified its standing as a regional health care hub.

Muskogee has the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, EASTAR Health System, and the Three Rivers Medical Center — just to name a few.

It also has Bacone College, Northeastern State University-Muskogee, Connors State College and Indian Capital Technology Center campuses where students can go to get started on their health care careers.

Muskogee’s reputation as a health care hub received a big boost from the City of Muskogee Foundation.

The Foundation gave a $900,000 grant to help NSU-Muskogee with its occupational therapy degree.

The foundation grant is a three-year award that will be used to help offset the program’s startup costs.

NSU envisions a 30-month program focusing on training occupational therapists for rural areas in eastern Oklahoma.

The three-year award will be used to help offset the occupational therapy program’s  startup costs.

NSU plans to introduce the program, its newest health care degree, on its Muskogee campus in January.

This is the second major boost for the program. In March, the Gailey family donated $200,000 to set up an multifunctional living skills lab at NSU-Muskogee.

The grant and donation will help NSU and Muskogee as both become a major destination for health care.

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