Published: October 28, 2010
View photos from the dedication.
The University of Tampa has taken one more step toward educating the whole student.
Stephen F. and Marsha Dickey Health and Wellness Center was dedicated
Oct. 28. The new building is behind the Vaughn Center, at the
intersection of North Brevard and North A Street.
reflects the investment UT leaders and contributors are making to
connect education and wellness. For the center’s director, Sharon
Schaefer, the new building increases the opportunities to serve
“The new health and wellness center is much bigger,
brighter and will eventually be more efficient,” said Schaefer, noting
that there are now three times as many examination rooms as the old
center and that medical records will be kept electronically. “It’s state
of the art, and that’s where we need to be. It’s a wonderful blessing
from Dr. Dickey.”
The two-story center totals 10,300 square feet
and includes a waiting area, eight exam rooms, a triage space,
pharmacy, staff offices, holding rooms, counseling offices, conference
rooms and a group counseling room.
“It’s beautiful,” said
Schaefer of the color pattern, chosen to reflect a water theme. “When
you walk into a building that gives you a professional feel, it gives
you confidence in your care, and you have higher expectations.”
links negative health behaviors like substance abuse and physical
inactivity with academic failure. Therefore academic success can be an
overall indicator for well-being and can provide a foundation for a
healthy adulthood. Chris McCarthy, president of Student Government, has
used the health center in the past but thinks the new facility will
encourage more students to take advantage of this campus asset.
new wellness center will have a positive impact on members of the
student body,” said McCarthy ’11. “This facility provides an important
service to the campus, and students are happy to know that the center
will be able to accommodate all aspects of their wellness."
center also includes office space for faculty, staff and students who
support wellness programs on campus. The programs focus on social,
physical, spiritual and emotional wellness and include such activities
as Diversity Fellowship, tobacco cessation classes and nutrition and
Construction of the building, which is UT’s
second candidate for U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) certification, began last February.
project was supported in part by a generous gift from Dr. Stephen F.
and Marsha Dickey. Stephen F. Dickey is a trustee emeritus of the UT
Board of Trustees and was the founder, president and CEO of Tampa-based
Doctor’s Walk-In Clinic. Marsha Dickey has been active in many Tampa
community groups including The Chiselers, Red Cross Angels and Berkeley
Preparatory School Parents’ Club.