In the throes of our daily efforts, it is easy to forget the life altering care provided patients through the YSU Clinic. This past Friday, February 19, students, faculty, staff, and friends of YSU shared a moment to reflect and celebrate the meaning of our Community Clinic and honor the life and good works of Thomas S. Blount.
Recently the Board of Trustees approached his family about renaming the Clinic in his honor to underscore the caring legacy and the value of TCM in Thomas’s own life and celebrate the impact Thomas made in the educations and futures of students.
Board Chair Mary Flaherty gave opening remarks highlighting Thomas’s generosity and kindness to YSU throughout the years. President Lois Green echoed Mary’s remarks and thanked everyone for joining this special celebration.
Dr. Mao Shing Ni followed by recounting his personal relationship with Thomas and shared his excitement for the rededication of the Clinic in Thomas’s name. Friends of Thomas, Paul Brewer and Kenny Griggs, spoke of how Thomas would have been honored and humbled by the rededication.
Thomas’s gift will allow the University to build on our established legacy, continue educational excellence in the classroom, enhance our already distinctive clinical offerings, and respond to the rapidly changing landscape of our profession. Among the many planned uses for the gift will be an annual endowed lecture and an enhancement of the University’s clinical offerings.
The event concluded with the unveiling of the new clinic sign and the cutting of the ribbon. YSU is proud to honor the one of a kind Thomas S. Blount.