WesternU Featured Among Top Five Leading Health Care Education Institutions

Pomona, Calif. - 10/12/2006 -- Western University of Health Sciences is one of five premier institutions, and the only one to have a college of osteopathic medicine, showcased in the Association of Academic Health Centers' (AAHC) 2006 Annual Report. The AAHC, located in Washington, D.C., is a membership organization comprised of the leading health professions educational institutions that serve society. Founding President of Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. Philip Pumerantz, was featured alongside leaders from Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, Ohio State University and the University of Washington.

The respective profiles, which highlight these five exemplary leaders, emphasize the challenges each face and the determination they exemplify to triumph over obstacles. All, however, continue in their commitment to educate exceptional students, who will meet the growing demands of the health care workforce.

"We have five colleges now - osteopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, graduate nursing, and a new college of veterinary medicine," said Dr. Pumerantz. "WesternU is presently in the process of implementing a bold university strategic plan, which will create new academic programs in five new colleges for: Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Public Health, and Graduate Biomedical Studies over the next few years. When we add these new colleges, as well as a research institute, it becomes quite a substantial academic health center. żI want this place to be known for its vision, its education and its innovation. And I know it's going to happen."

The compilation of leadership profiles in the 2006 Annual Report has provided a means for sharing knowledge, not only amongst the universities featured, but to other academic health centers as well.

"Their comments provide valuable insight into the ever-evolving nature of the academic health center," said Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, president of the AAHC, in a recent letter to AAHC members.

"Each individual and university and each academic health center can produce some remarkable results that can affect all institutions and people throughout the nation," said Dr. Pumerantz.

"It was inevitable that President Pumerantz would be recognized nationally for his visionary leadership in health care education," remarked Warren Lawless, chairman of Western University of Health Sciences' Board of Trustees. "As founding president, he has led this institution from a single college to a five-college academic health education center in less than 30 years; a prodigious accomplishment."

At the time this report was issued the AAHC was comprised of more than 100 members, associate members and affiliate members from the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Kuwait.


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