California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) Program, in collaboration with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALB), opened the doors today to its new collaborative home on the campus of the Long Beach Veterans Association (VA) facility. University and VA officials, along with state and federal representatives, marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The new 10,200 square foot custom-built facility is designed to help the O&P program provide students and veterans with unprecedented opportunities to learn and receive the latest in prosthetic care, according to a CSUDH statement. The new home at VA also opens the doors for expanding the program’s academic offerings, such as providing vocational service for returning veterans, and continuing education for VA staff.
“By interfacing with VA health personnel, our students will be exposed to state-of-the-art medical practice and have access to the world-class VA gait laboratory for research. This is a golden opportunity for the CSU, the VA, and people in need of prosthetic and orthotic services” Scott Hornbeak, coordinator of the O&P Program said.
The new facility, which will be named the VA Long Beach Healthcare System/CSU Dominguez Hills Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics, will begin serving students and veterans within the month. The collaboration is designed to insure the combined mission of education that is shared by both CSUDH and the VA and continue VA’s mission
For more information, visit www.csudh.edu/oandp/