Cleveland Clinic Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sign Letter of Intent to Develop Health Sciences Center on PBA Campus

06/22/2021

PBA nursing faculty and students pose for a photo in the nursing simulation lab.Cleveland Clinic Florida and Palm Beach Atlantic University have signed a letter of intent to begin discussions on the development of a health sciences center on the university’s campus in West Palm Beach. 

The new facility would combine educational opportunities and resources for PBA students and faculty, with convenient access to care for Cleveland Clinic Florida patients. 

“Educating and training the next generation of healthcare providers has been part of Cleveland Clinic’s mission since our inception 100 years ago,” said Conor P. Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Working together with Palm Beach Atlantic University would be an opportunity to fulfill our mission of supporting education in tandem with providing world-class care for the patients we serve.” 

Gregory School of Pharmacy faculty and students work together in a lab.Plans for the facility include basic and clinical science classrooms, as well as clinical simulation laboratories for PBA students. The facility would also provide access to patient care, including offices and procedural areas for Cleveland Clinic Florida primary care doctors and physician specialists, diagnostic imaging and laboratories, chemotherapy, sports medicine, physical therapy and a clinic for PBA students. 

“We believe this strategic alliance will enhance PBA’s ability to train outstanding and caring healthcare providers, much needed in today’s world, as well as increasing patient access to high-quality healthcare services,” said Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, PBA’s president who is also a medical doctor and scientist. “It will offer students in our nursing, pharmacy and other schools exceptional experiences that will prepare them for their careers in healthcare.” 

Planning for the potential new facility will begin soon with representatives from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Cleveland Clinic Florida. 

About the Cleveland Clinic Florida region
The Cleveland Clinic Florida region is a nonprofit, multi-specialty healthcare provider that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, with five hospitals and numerous outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University, founded in 1968, is a private, Christian university, offering 55 undergraduate degrees, numerous graduate degrees and professional degrees in nursing and pharmacy, with a 29-acre campus in West Palm Beach and an Orlando campus. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. Sailfish athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference varsity sports. The 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus provides facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate sports. As a Christ-first university, PBA affirms the values that have built American society, including religious liberty and the free enterprise system. 

Photo 1: PBA nursing faculty and students pose for a photo in the University's nursing simulation lab.

Photo 2: Gregory School of Pharmacy faculty and students work together in a lab.