Standard Process Inc., a company manufacturing top quality nutritional whole food supplements, has pledged a donation of $500,000 to National University of Health Sciences. The university will receive $100,000 per year over the next five years, and will use the funds for significant upgrades to its campus facilities.
The first $265,000 will be spent to completely renovate the NUHS biochemistry lab. Work is already underway so that the lab will be ready for fall classes. Included in the improvements are new plumbing and nine new lab tables that feature extra-large sinks and moveable tabletops to accommodate different working heights.
The new lab will also have expanded electronic capabilities in order to facilitate educational computer programs, including network connections built into each table and into the teaching station. The teaching station also has a built in “Elmo” document projector, and a ceiling-mounted camera over the teaching area to allow big-screen projection of lab demonstrations. The new lab also meets ADA accessibility guidelines for those with disabilities.
Standard Process, a long-time supporter of NUHS, worked with Ms. Tracy McHugh, the university’s Vice President of Administrative Services, in coordinating the donation. “A new biochemistry lab, being the primary wet lab for our basic science instruction, has been a top priority for the university for some time,” says Ms. McHugh. “We are grateful to have the support of Standard Process so that we can continue providing high caliber basic science preparation for our students.”
The company, headquartered in Wisconsin, has been a continued supporter of educational institutions like NUHS, who train tomorrow’s leaders in integrative medical fields such as chiropractic and naturopathic medicine. For example, Standard Process recently donated several pallets of nutritional supplements to NUHS clinics that treat the homeless, and has also sponsored a key university publication sent out to graduates practicing all over the world.
“Supporting students through this gift demonstrates the importance Standard Process places on developing the next generation of health care professionals who understand how incorporating whole food nutrition into their practices can change people’s lives,” said Charles C. DuBois, president of Standard Process. “It is very rewarding that we can help such a premier institution for health science education as National University upgrade their facilities, starting with the biochemistry lab.”
“Standard Process shares our vision in preparing doctors with the type of solid training necessary to be first-contact primary care physicians who offer patient-centered whole health care,” said NUHS President, Dr. James Winterstein, “and we are proud to partner with them in this philanthropic venture.”