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Health care and academia come together for education


Delaware Valley University and Doylestown Health formalized their commitment to work together to create new graduate-level health care programs, including a master’s in health care administration next year.

During a gathering at Doylestown Hospital Monday morning, leaders of each of the community’s cornerstone institutions signed a ceremonial document that marked the new partnership. Speaking about the long history between the hospital and the university, Jim Brexler, president and CEO, Doylestown Health, said it’s time “to make the next huge step” in that important relationship.

“There’s never a point where one’s done learning,” said Brexler. “We want to keep that train going.”

Maria Gallo, president of Delaware Valley University, called the partnership a “transformative moment” for the hospital and the university. “We can leverage our strengths … and grow benefits for the community,” she told the institutions’ leaders. “The future is so bright, I couldn’t be more excited.”

The university president said, “Today’s signing is an unmistakable sign of progress toward our shared strategic goals. As a nationally recognized university for delivering experiential education, this collaboration also will provide a wealth of opportunities for real-world experiences for our students in the health care industry.”

Benjamin E. Rusiloski, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at DelVal, noted that market demand for high quality graduate degrees in health care is clear and growing.

The new graduate programs will give students “an edge in the increasingly complex health care industry,” said a university statement.

The partnership will allow Doylestown Health’s experts to help develop and teach various academic programs for the university. The Doylestown-based institutions will collaborate on academic programming, training opportunities and future program development.

Brexler said Doylestown Health is “uniquely positioned to add value to the university’s health care programming and to pass on our experience leading a nationally recognized independent health system.”

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