The University of the Incarnate Word has officially opened the Debbie and Naty Saidoff Center, a $7.5-million state-of-art facility that’s home to the university’s new School of Physical Therapy.
“We are very grateful to the Saidoff family for this wonderful gift,” said UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese. “The new School of Physical Therapy compliments our health-care mission and allows us to offer an academic program needed in our city.”
The 75,000 square foot Center is named after benefactors Debbie and Naty Saidoff, a Los Angeles couple who donated the building. The inaugural class of 54 students, who will be studying for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, began classes Aug. 20.
“As an Israeli immigrant to the United States, my family is proud to support UIW’s faith-based mission that aims to educate populations historically underserved by higher education,” said Naty Saidoff. “UIW has an excellent academic reputation, and we’re excited to be affiliated with a university that is a leader in the health-care field.”
In addition, UIW has entered into a partnership with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Rehabilitation Services to offer outpatient rehabilitation services to the public. It will be a one-of-a-kind clinic designed to incorporate the high quality patient care delivered by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Rehabilitation Services Associates with top tier teaching and research provided by UIW. The clinic will allow the blending of direct patient care delivery with real time student learning and serve the surrounding community with physical, occupational, and speech therapies, and in conjunction with the new Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, provide therapy services for pediatric patients.
The Saidoff Center will also house UIW’s newest Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) location. It is equipped with four classrooms, a computer lab, advising offices, and a reception area. The ADCaP site will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Undergraduate classes at the Saidoff Center will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Graduate courses will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m.
UIW’s Adult Degree Completion Program was established in 1995 and allows working adults the opportunity to complete their degree while still maintaining their family, social and career responsibilities.
For more information, contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations at (210) 829-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.