Kenneth Steier has been named dean of the upcoming Middletown campus of Touro College, college President and CEO Alan Kadish announced Friday.
Steier is clinical dean and professor at their main Harlem campus of the osteopathic medical school, and has been there since July 2011. Kadish said Steier was instrumental in getting accreditation for the Middletown campus from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Also, Kadish said numerous new residencies and rotations have been added on Steier’s watch, and all of the school’s 2013 graduates matched to residency programs.
“Dr. Steier is an outstanding educator, who is dedicated to the profession and his students,” said Kadish. “Under his guidance and leadership, the school will create new career paths, improve job opportunities and enhance medical care for area residents — ultimately improving both the physical and economic health of the local community.”
The Middletown school, which will go in the former Horton Hospital, is under construction and is expected to open in August 2014 and enroll over 500 students when fully operational. The students will complete their residencies and rotations at local hospitals and offices. Ten third-year osteopathic medical students from the Harlem campus are already doing their medical rotations at Orange Regional Medical Center.
The Middletown school will have a four-year degree program for osteopathic physicians, and might train physical and occupational therapists, nurses and pharmacists as well. It is hoped that many of the doctors will stay in this area, leading to an overall improvement in health in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills.
Touro has branch campuses and programs in other parts of the country and four cities abroad, with about 19,000 students enrolled.