Release Date: April 11, 2005
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University's work in health care celebrated
The University of Regina's work in health care was celebrated today with a dual event - the official opening of the Allied Health Centre, and the 25th anniversary re-dedication of the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Institute.

The Allied Health Centre, which began operations in Sept., 2004 is an innovative partnership between the University and private health care resources. The University's Student Health Centre, the U of R Physiotherapy Centre and the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre have relocated to the new facility on the second floor of the new Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, in association with the Allied Health Centre. In addition to the services normally offered by those centres, Allied provides expanded community medical, chiropractic and massage services. The Centre's mandate is to strive for excellence in health, wellness and performance. 

Dale Pitura is director of clinical services with Health Pro Management, which shares the management of the Centre with the University. "As with any new venture, making the Allied Health Centre work required a lot of hard work by all concerned," he says. "But all the work led to a great relationship amongst the participants. We're off to a very solid start"

Gord Chadwick is a chiropractor practicing with the Allied Health Centre. "The Centre is not only a modern and first rate health care facility for the public," he said. "It is also an opportunity for health care providers who believe in an integrated philosophy of treatment to use their strengths and expertise to deliver comprehensive health care to a wide variety of injuries and community needs. An aspect of the Allied Health Centre that stands out is the level of dedication and professionalism of all the health care professionals and staff."

Allan Cahoon, vice-president (research and international) with the U of R, says the facility helps researchers see the impact their work has on the health of the community they live on. "The opening of the Allied Health Centre, and the re-dedication of the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Centre, and their co-location in this fantastic facility, ensures a community/university partnership in health," he says. "It brings our research expertise and capability to a working diagnostic and treatment centre where researchers can see these benefits in the eyes of their family, friends, students and colleagues."

"In the past 25 years, the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre has touched the lives of so many people within our community," said Saskatchewan's health minister John Nilson said. "The work you are doing is making a real difference in the lives of the clients you serve"

The origins of the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre reach back to 1978 when the Human Performance Assessment Centre opened. Under its first co-ordinator, Don Clark, the Centre's major activities were conducting fitness testing and consulting for corporate employee wellness programs.

The Centre became the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre in Oct., 1980, with support from the George Reed Foundation ($75,000.00). Neil Sherlock, director of physical education was a member of the George Reed Foundation. Sue Higgs and Don Clark were appointed the Centre's first co-ordinators. 

The Centre introduced its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 1981, with support from the George Reed Foundation and the Saskatchewan Hospital Services Plan. It moved to expanded facilities on the second floor of the Physical Activity Centre in 1984, and moved again to its new location on the second level of the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport in the fall of 2004.