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Syracuse University Provost Addresses Annual Meeting

More than 300 business and community leaders joined the University Hill Corporation (UHC) for its 53rd Annual Meeting in late November at Drumlins Country Club. The meeting featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Michele G. Wheatly, vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University. Wheatly joined Syracuse University last summer from West Virginia University, where she served as provost from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Michele G. Wheatly

Wheatly is recognized as a national thought leader on building partnerships around education, economic development and health care. Her work on universal access to STEM has received Congressional recognition, and she co-convened the National Science Foundation (NSF) conference for presidents/provosts of ADVANCE information technology institutions. This unique expertise has prepared her well to support the growth and evolution of programs at Syracuse University, as well as other University Hill partner organizations and institutions.

Meeting attendees also heard from David Mankiewicz, president of University Hill Corporation. His address highlighted the vital role collaboration and partnerships play in the growth of the University Hill area. He also shared the status of capital projects being built by University Hill Corporation members.

Both reports can be viewed at www.University-Hill.com.

Crane at Crouse Health Signals Emergency Room Changes

Crouse Health is building a new 52,000-square-foot emergency department. The $37.2 million Pomeroy Emergency Services project will add one floor to the hospital’s emergency department area, delivering additional capacity to support increasing needs in the region. New York state awarded the project $1 million in funding as part of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.

“We are well underway and ahead of schedule,” said Jeff Tetrault, vice president of facilities management at Crouse. “The first of several phases of the project will be complete midway in 2017. Phase II, which entails renovation of the current emergency department to allow for the relocation of our Prompt Care, will be complete by 2018.”

Crouse is also preparing to open a new patient care unit in January in the Memorial Building that will feature all private patient rooms. It is also expanding its Neuroscience Institute, which will be completed this year. These two projects represent an investment of $10 million and are part of dozens of projects underway on University Hill.

An aerial view of the new 52,000-square-foot emergency department now under construction at Crouse Health.