At the end of December, construction began on our new clinical campus at 930 Commonwealth Avenue. Dr. Robert DiMartino, Academic Dean, New England College of Optometry, explains, “It will be comprised of three parts – a new flagship optometric clinic and optical dispensary, a clinical specialty service that includes rehabilitative vision care and clinical research, and a state-of-the-art student clinical training facility.”
The initial phase will be the build-out of the New England College of Optometry Center for Eye Care, a style-driven optical dispensary and high-tech primary care clinic that will open to the public in March. Although in the same building as our our current New England Eye clinic, the new center will be located at street level on Commonwealth Avenue, providing high visibility and easy patient access. The change in name from New England Eye to New England College of Optometry Center for Eye Care will coincide with the opening of the new optical dispensary and clinic.
The second phase of construction will create a specialty clinic area, which will initially offer low vision rehabilitation and occupational therapy for visually impaired patients. Adjacent spaces for clinical research, clinical instrumentation training for NECO students, clinical simulation training, and electro-diagnostic testing, will open later this year.
The move of clinical training facilities from the College to the Commonwealth campus merges the important aspects of patient care for NECO students. President Clifford Scott notes, “For the first time, our skills training and clinical patient care will occur in the same facility. Our new clinical campus will provide students with more opportunities for patient care, greater flexibility in their schedules, and exposure to new technologies as they are evaluated.”
CFO Traci Logan says, “By co-locating these related activities, we believe we can transform optometric education by enabling students to understand new models of eye care delivery, the impact of healthcare reform on patient care, innovative teaching methodologies and best practices in clinical operations.” President Scott adds, “The entire community will benefit from the College’s commitment to improving our facilities, an undertaking that represents a strategic move towards preparing our students for the health care world of the next decade. We look forward to completing of all phases of the project and welcoming you to the new clinical campus.”
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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