Published 11/29/16

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School of Health Sciences awarded $2.5 million challenge grant

SMITHFIELD, RI — Bryant University has secured a $2.5-million challenge grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation in support of its School of Health Sciences. Gifts contributed by June of 2017 up to $2.5 million will be matched by the Foundation. The grant will help Bryant University advance the growth of the School of Health Sciences and develop innovative approaches that address challenges in the health care industry.

"Bryant is boldly positioning the School of Health Sciences programs to prepare innovative leaders for the future our health care system.”

Health care represents 17.5 percent of GDP with anticipated growth of 5.8 percent a year through 2025. Georgetown University’s Center of Education and Workforce estimates that the sector will add an additional 5.6 million jobs in the next six years.

Preparing innovative leaders for the future of healthcare

Increasing demands for high-quality care at manageable costs drive the need for businesses and practitioners to think and operate innovatively. Developing the best health care delivery systems for the future will require providers and administrators to function interdependently to improve outcomes and create sustainable growth. 

Recognizing these marketplace drivers and trends, Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley identified health sciences as an important growth area for the University in its strategic plan, Vision 2020.

“For more than 153 years, Bryant has been at the forefront of delivering exceptional education that anticipates the future and the needs of students in a changing world,” said President Machtley. “Health care sits at the heart of the U.S. economy, and as a leading University with a strategic focus on business, Bryant is boldly positioning the School of Health Sciences programs to prepare innovative leaders for the future of our health care system.”

As Bryant’s School of Health Sciences continues to grow, the University will expand its role as a resource for leaders in health care management, physicians and other health care providers, hospitals, and health care delivery systems on how best to anticipate and address the changing dynamics in the practice of medicine.

Integrated Healthcare Management program

Bryant University established the School of Health Sciences in 2014 with the launch of its first clinical program, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, which will graduate its first class in March 2017. Bryant is now in the process of developing an integrated Health Care Management program. David Fine, health care industry executive and scholar with more than 30 years of leadership experience, has joined Bryant’s administration and faculty to help develop an integrated best-in-class curriculum.

Fine brings a combination of academic, business, and clinical expertise to Bryant’s efforts to build innovative health care management programs. In addition to his three years as president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Center for Research and Innovation, he has served as chief executive at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston, TX, and the University of Alabama Health System at Birmingham Health System. He has also held a number of teaching, research, and leadership positions at prestigious universities including Baylor College of Medicine, Tulane University Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, and University of California.

“David Fine is recognized among the nation’s leading health care administrators and has a deep understanding of evolving health care trends and how to help shape our health care management programs,” said Bryant University Provost Glenn Sulmasy. “With his experience as an administrator and scholar, and his understanding of the culture of Bryant University, he is a catalyst for success in this endeavor.”

The Warren Alpert Foundation Challenge Grant is part of Bryant’s historic capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Futurewhich has already raised more than $63 million toward the campaign’s $75 million goal. At its successful completion, the Warren Alpert Foundation’s Challenge Grant will add $5 million, bringing the campaign total to $68 million.

The Warren Alpert Foundation’s mission is to support innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to understanding and curing disease through ground-breaking research, scholarship and service. Since 1987, in partnership with Harvard Medical School, the Warren Alpert Foundation has awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize to many of the world's foremost physician-scientists and researchers. Brown University named its medical school in honor or Mr. Alpert in 2007. More at