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CONCORDIA ANNOUNCES NEW SANFORD HEIMARCK SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS TO RECOGNIZE LONG-STANDING SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP FROM SANFORD HEALTH
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., announced today that it will rename its School of Health Professions the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions in honor of Sanford Health’s long-standing support of Concordia health professions education and its efforts to meet the critical health workforce needs of the region.
Concordia also announced that Sanford has donated land and a building to house the School of Health Professions. Concordia will begin renovations on the Sanford Clinic building adjacent to Concordia’s campus beginning in 2022.
“Sanford’s deep commitment to health professions education and the work of Concordia continues to be a game changer in our region,” said Dr. William Craft, president of Concordia. “To honor this Concordia-Sanford partnership and to recognize the founder of Concordia’s healthcare leadership program, Ted Heimarck, we will name this enterprise the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions. The renovated building will be named the Heimarck Center.”
In Fall 2020, Concordia unveiled a strategic formation of three schools within one college and a new tuition pricing model. In addition to the Offutt School of Business, the college restructured to create the School of Health Professions and the School of Arts and Sciences. Sanford’s ongoing support will be used to create new educational opportunities, including a simulation space for nursing education and a human performance laboratory.
“We are at a significant crossroad in our ability to meet workforce challenges. This is why Sanford has historically invested in Concordia College and will continue to do so in the future,” said Bryan Nermoe, president and CEO of Sanford Fargo. “Over the next 10 years, the continuation of our support will expand Concordia’s health career programs to meet the rising demand for healthcare workforce in our region, and improve the health and quality of life for all of us and our loved ones.”
Over the past several decades, Concordia has developed strong healthcare partnerships in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The long-standing relationship with Sanford offers clinical opportunities in hospital and clinic settings for Concordia students.
“The Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions will educate health professions leaders for the future,” said Dr. Susan Larson, provost and dean of the college. “Now more than ever, the world needs Cobbers who will influence the affairs of the world through their skills, passion, and deep commitment to caring for the health and well-being of others.”
CONCORDIA SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS FACTS
The Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions
Programs within the school
Clinical Laboratory Science
· Clinical Practice, Rehabilitation, and Therapy Concentration
· Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning Concentration
· Healthcare Administration Concentration
· Healthcare Financial Management Concentration
· Long-Term Care Administration Concentration
· Traditional Four-Year Program
· Accelerated Program
Preprofessional Advising Programs
· Athletic Training
· Occupational Therapy
· Physical Therapy
· Physician Assistant
· Veterinary Medicine
About Ted Heimarck
Dr. Theodore Heimarck, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, came to Concordia in 1961 when President Joseph L. Knutson recruited him to teach economics and business administration. As a visionary, Dr. Heimarck founded the healthcare administration program in 1966 and led the program for three decades, until his retirement in 1998. The program has fostered countless graduates who have served in significant healthcare leadership roles and has shaped healthcare by improving the human condition, both in the Midwest region and around the globe. A steadfast champion of others, Dr. Heimarck’s legacy is celebrated for the generosity of his spirit and the depth and passion of his convictions.
“Ted Heimarck established a legacy of education attuned to the future,” President Craft said. “This Concordia-Sanford partnership and historic gift will build on Ted’s trailblazing creativity.”