By Emily Gursky

Dr. Jason Adsit has announced that Mount Saint Mary College has received a $1 million grant, on behalf of the New York State Higher Education Capital Assistance Program (HECAP). 

Facilities funded by HECAP are utilized as “centerpieces of their communities,” according to an announcement made by the college on March 15. This philosophy certainly aligns with the Mount’s vision to create the Center for Community Engagement and Wellness. Located in Guzman Hall, the center will provide services like counseling, immunizations, fitness checks and professional development events for Newburgh residents. 

“We’re excited to be giving the local community access to the care and education programs they need, while honoring our founding Dominican Sisters and their legacy of service,” said Adsit. 

The Mount’s School of Nursing students and faculty will play a key role in this facility’s mission as well, helping to provide aid to Newburgh residents who do not have access to basic health care services. The college also announced that students and faculty of the Business, Social Sciences and Education divisions will lend a helping hand as the center continues to grow. 

The combined funds from both the HECAP grant and a recent grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will account for major renovations that are set to take place within the next 12 months. MSMC will work with nearby organizations such as Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, the City of Newburgh and Newburgh Ministry to fully develop plans for the center and to identify areas of need. 

Once built, the college estimates that the Center for Community Engagement and Wellness will serve over 4,000 residents per year, through “humanistic, empowering, and client-centered” care.