Support The Hub

Opportunities for Support

The Health Professions hub is a 57,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that will transform the future of healthcare education and innovation while serving residents of Buffalo’s West Side around key health outcomes and workforce development opportunities. The Sisters Health Center at D’Youville – a primary care clinic operated by Catholic Health on the first floor – offers an entryway to additional services throughout the building including occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietetics and pharmaceutical support. Equipped with a demonstration kitchen, rehabilitation and wellness center, and a full-service Pharmacy, residents will find expansive support to meet their healthcare needs.

A cutting-edge, full-service simulation center on the second floor and the Center for Health, Equity and Innovation on the third floor will skyrocket both health professions education and new innovations in healthcare throughout Western New York, the state, and the world. Embedded in the operations, the Pathways Program funded by the Cabrini Foundation, is up and running, building out trainings, certificate and degree programs for social mobility of the local population.

Deemed critical to the region’s healthcare infrastructure, New York State expedited construction on the hub throughout COVID-19 and the project remains on track for completion in November 2020 and opening in January 2021. The site will serve as another Pandemic response center in the months to follow, and will offer critical simulation experience in place of clinical requirements as hospitals and accreditors move to an outcomes-based simulation model.

Become a Hub Hero

In addition to these opportunities, we are excited to announce our Hub Heroes project! As a Hub Hero, you can make a gift to champion one of the four major objectives of the Hub.

Hub Hero Areas for Support

Health Equity & Innovation

The equity and innovation center on the third floor will serve as a conference venue and a think tank where leaders from throughout the world will incubate new ideas and solutions to address equity in social and health outcomes.

Workforce & Social Mobility

D’Youville is ranked in the top 100 in the nation – and the only ranked WNY university – for the social mobility of our graduates. We know how to provide education that results in enhanced economic circumstances for individuals and families. Embedded in the HUB is a workforce pipeline program to improve quality of life for even the lowest income residents of our community.

Community Health

The HUB sits upon a bedrock of research about community health right here in Buffalo. From diabetes to obesity to heart health and more, our center will tackle the real health disparities faced by our residents. The doctors, health professionals, social support workers and students in the HUB will support the whole person rather than just treating disease.

Health Professions Education

One of the first in the nation, the HUB is akin to a teaching hospital where medical students learn and work alongside practitioners. Ours is a teaching clinic combined with profound simulation technologies that will not only benefit D’Youville students, but will be broadcast out to locations throughout the state, especially in rural communities with higher poverty rates.


Choose Your Focus

Choose your focus and, for a minimum gift of $5,000 over two years, your name will be added to our donor recognition exhibit recognizing those who have invested in the cornerstones of the Hub’s mission.

We Graciously Thank Our Donors

Catholic Health Systems

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

First Niagara Foundation /
Key Bank

James H. Cummings Foundation

George I. Alden Trust

Philip Perna, Linda Ball, and Perna Family

 J.M. McDonald Foundation

President Lorrie Clemo

Mary Crowley Carosella ’52

Timothy Kane

Anonymous Donor

Cecelia Kohlmeier ’69

Industrial Power and Lighting Corp.

“The Board is committed to supporting innovative approaches to medical research, science, and education. The new HUB will advance all three along with the added benefit of providing high quality care to the community.”

This approach to the education and training of health care professionals, while helping to encourage healthy behaviors and preventive health care, will help our community address the uneven quality in the social determinants of health so many face.”

— Mary Jo Hunt
Executive Director
James H. Cummings Foundation

Campaign Update

A $26.9 million dollar project, D’Youville is proud to announce the Health Professions HUB is 82 percent funded through a powerful combination of state and federal grants and incentives, foundation and private donor support. D’Youville seeks to close the gap on the remaining philanthropic goal of $4,925,000 through 2021. Multiple major gifts and grants are currently under consideration.


Health Professions Hub Funding

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