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Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions

Nearly a decade ago, Oregon Tech President Martha Anne Dow shared her vision of a top-notch facility that would train new generations of health-care professionals to replace the growing ranks of retirees and meet the needs of an aging population. The state legislature established the Oregon Center for Health Professions in 2005, and Oregon Tech embarked on a $38.5 million capital campaign to fund it.

Today, the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions (CHP), a state-of-the-industry, green facility housing Oregon Tech’s progressive allied health programs, is near completion. The unique opportunities and wonderful learning environment now available to our students has created palpable excitement on campus and throughout the region.

Home to programs in medical imaging, pre-clinical laboratory science, and respiratory care, the CHP provides the tools and resources to keep students at the forefront of leading-edge technologies and uniquely positions Oregon Tech to meet society’s demand for health-care professionals. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that jobs in health care will experience the largest growth of any sector over the next decade, the CHP is more significant to Oregon and its future workforce than ever.

The Capital Campaign to Fund the CHP

Entrance to the Wetter Wing of the Martha Ann Dow Center

To date, thousands of generous individuals, businesses, foundations, and organization have contributed $36 million to fund this historic project. But our work is not yet done.

As an incentive to help close the $38.5 million campaign and fund the final construction stage of the CHP’s second wing, The Kresge Foundation has generously awarded Oregon Tech a $1 million challenge grant that adds 40% to all gifts and pledges made by August 31, 2010.

To make a secure online gift to the campaign and help raise the remaining $1.5 million to meet the Kresge challenge, please visit Give to the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions.

The capital campaign continues: Along with many caring individuals, all of the major Oregon Foundations have contributed to the construction of the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provided more than half a million dollars for echocardiography equipment and The Ford Family Foundation contributed $2 million - $500,000 more than the original request to support the capital project. The most recent boost to the project came from the prestigious Kresge Foundation in Michigan, which has recognized the project with a $1 million Challenge Grant to complete the campaign.

Those funds bring the capital campaign close to completion, but there is still more work to be done. With several million still to be raised, the campaign committee is looking to the health care community, our local friends, Oregon Tech's generous alumni, and additional foundations throughout the state and the country to bring the project to its successful culmination. Oregon Tech and the Oregon Tech Development Foundation are working together to raise $2.4 million by next fall to qualify for the Challenge Grant. If you would like to make a secure, online gift to help meet the Challenge, go to Give to the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professions.