Local college getting new health, technology facilities to aid reopening plan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Mid-South college announced a new health and wellness center and technology Wednesday to aid its reopening plan.

LeMoyne-Owen College announced partnerships with Methodist LeBonheur Health Care and Microsoft Wednesday morning.

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LeMoyne-Owen College, the only historically black college in Memphis, is taking the COVID-19 pandemic as a time to increase health and wellness for students on their campus.

“This comes at such an opportune time for our students and families that ensuring when their student comes to LeMoyne-Owen college they are going to be in a safe environment,” said Carol Johnson, the college’s interim president.

School leaders announced a three-year partnership with Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare that will provide on-campus services.

Johnson said it will be the first time the school has had a health and wellness center on campus.

“We need to make sure we put in place every possible support we can provide students to make sure they get a good education and their health is not jeopardized in the long run,” Johnson said.

Before Wednesday’s announcement, students needed to go to an off-campus site to receive medical treatment.

Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Vice President Dr. Albert Mosley said the partnership will improve the health and wellness of students during COVID-19 and beyond.

“Many instances, students may suffer from asthma or hypertension and they need help medicating those types of instances,” Dr. Mosley said.

Dr. Mosley said this partnership will open the door to helping students better understand the importance of health and wellness.

“It also represents a journey we are going to be on at the college to address disparities and equities on a much long-term basis,” he said.

Johnson said this announcement also comes with exciting news about LOC’s learning environment for this fall.

Stimulus money helped establish a relationship between LOC and Microsoft to provide each student with a laptop.

The laptops will help students as the campus goes all virtual this fall.