FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Specialists Center officially opened its doors Wednesday, December 5, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the college’s Fairfield campus.
The center previously existed in a shared-ownership arrangement, but is now being launched as an academic practice owned and operated solely by the university.
“It’s the same place, the same great staff, the same high-quality service that patients have always gotten,” says Dr. Michael Emery, professor and chairman of SHU’s Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science and associate dean of the university’s College of Health Professions. “But now this is a new business entity that is held by Sacred Heart, and we’re excited to have it as part of the university system.”
The center provides a professional setting for students to learn clinical skills, while simultaneously providing outpatient services in many specialty areas, including pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation and neurologic physical therapy.
“The practitioners are faculty who both practice and teach physical therapy at Sacred Heart University,” Emery says. “These are people who are teaching the discipline and practicing the discipline, and they have advanced board certification in their specialty areas.”
He says the ability to offer a center of this type is one more indicator of the credibility of the education program at SHU. “It not only strengthens us as an educational institution in the health professions, but also provides a valuable service to the surrounding community,” he says.
“Faculty practices are the best thing to have. To combine the teaching with the practice creates a wonderful environment for everyone involved,” said University President John J. Petillo before assisting in cutting the ribbon to officially open the clinic.