Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University marks 25th anniversary; hosts summit for healthcare professions

Donnie VeaseyOctober 04, 2013

(DENVER) – The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP) at Regis University, marked its 25th anniversary by hosting its first annual Summit for Healthcare Professions which featured a presentation by the CEO and president of The Colorado Trust and a panel discussion on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care professions.

RHCHP, a national leader in healthcare education, welcomed The Colorado Trust’s Ned Calonge, who shared the future of health care reform and what it means for the citizens of Colorado.  The Colorado Trust has worked closely with nonprofit organizations in every county across the state to improve health and well-being.

During the summit, panelists, including Ira Gorman, Linda Osterlund, Christina Mead, and Sara Jarrett, joined to enhance the discussion and provide insight from a variety of healthcare fields including nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and counseling. More than 120 alumni, faculty and community members attended the summit. 

“We were honored to host Doctor Calonge and the many extraordinary panelists who participated in our healthcare summit,” said Janet House, academic dean of RHCHP.    “Conducting what we hope will be the first of many healthcare summits is an excellent way to recognize our 25th year of outstanding achievements in higher education while raising awareness and discussing the many challenges in healthcare.”

RHCHP roots began when Loretto Heights College closed and three of its academic programs moved to what was then Regis College.  The nursing program at LHC became the foundation for the School for Healthcare Professions (SHCP), which in 2004 became RHCHP.  Marie Milliken, the school’s first dean, oversaw the transition from LHC to Regis University before she retired in 1991.  Patricia Ladewig, provost of Regis University and director of nursing during the transition, followed in Milliken’s footsteps, becoming academic dean of SHCP and then RHCHP. 

Houser took the reins of RHCHP leadership in 2010 and has continued the rise of success of the college, including overseeing a dramatic growth in enrollment.  Houser, who earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Statistics and Research methods from the University of Northern Colorado, was previously the acting dean of RHCHP, and prior to that was the associate dean for Research and Faculty Development in RHCHP.

Today RHCHP enrollment boasts more than 3,000 students.  RHCHP is comprised of three schools: Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy; two divisions: Health Services Administration and Counseling and Family Therapy; and one department: Health Care Ethics.  RHCHP offers innovative and dynamic degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the health professions with cutting-edge knowledge essential in today’s ever-changing health care environments.

The University’s first doctoral program was in Physical Therapy; doctorate programs are now available in Pharmacy and in Nursing.

RHCHP recently consolidated its facilities into St. Peter Claver, S.J. Hall, moving the majority of the College from Carroll Hall.  In 2004, Regis University received what was then the largest gift in the University’s history -- $5.7 million from Margaret (Rueckert) Hartman, a 1967 LHC alumnae and a Regis University trustee, and her husband Doyle Hartman – to renovate that building.  SHCP was then renamed RHCHP.

During its 25 year history, RHCHP has garnered a wealth of awards including; U.S. News & World Report ranks Regis University's online Master of Science, Nursing, in top five "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans; Loretto Heights School of Nursing was recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses for "creating an environment that fosters superior leadership skills in neonatal nursing practice” and The Caring for Colorado Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant (awarded June 2013) for the purchase of equipment in our simulation laboratory. This, in addition to a $70,000 grant awarded last year. 

“The past 25 years have been extraordinary for the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions,” said Houser. From launching the University first doctoral programs, hosting our first summit for healthcare summit and providing exceptional world class health care education to thousands of students, we have been teaching our students be leaders in the service of others.  We look forward to continuing this tradition of academic excellence.”


Donnie Veasey
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