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Southern College of Optometry, one of the nation’s leading optometry colleges and the only private optometry college in the South, has received a $50,000 gift from Haag-Streit USA. Haag-Streit, a leading provider of ophthalmic equipment for the last 150 years, provided the donation to support SCO’s “Envision Our Progress” campaign, which was launched in 2012 to support the college’s recently completed academic facility, student scholarships and patient care initiatives. This gift is earmarked to support SCO’s newly constructed clinical research facility.
“SCO appreciates the generosity and support shown by Haag-Streit during this critical phase of our campaign,” said Dr. Kristin Anderson, vice president for institutional advancement at SCO. “Clinical research is an important part of optometric education, and we’re confident that this gift will enhance the stature of our research, while simultaneously increasing patient care opportunities.”
SCO will recognize Haag-Streit’s gift by naming a clinical research suite in the new area after the company. Additionally, Haag-Streit will provide nearly a dozen pieces of examination equipment that will be used in the suite, including two Haag-Streit IM900 digital video packages. The in-kind donations bring the total value of the company’s support to more than $125,000.
“We are pleased to support and participate as partners with SCO for the benefit and future of eye care,” said Steve Juenger, vice president of sales and marketing for Haag-Streit USA.
Founded in Memphis in 1932, SCO is one of only 21 optometry colleges in the United States. As technology and modern instructional methods advanced, the college outgrew its classroom space in the institution’s 11-story tower that was constructed at 1245 Madison Ave. in the early 1970s. An assessment in 2011 determined that a new classroom facility and instructional spaces were necessary to meet the needs of 21st century health care students. Through the support of individuals, grants and gifts from companies like Haag-Streit, SCO’s expanded academic space opened in September of 2013.
About Southern College of Optometry: Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1932. SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 500 students and residents from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 80,000 patients annually, helping make the college one of the top in the nation for clinical optometric education. SCO’s Community Outreach Program reaches more than 12,000 children through vision screenings provided annually to Shelby County students in public, private and charter schools.
About Haag-Streit USA and Reliance Medical Equipment: For more than 150 years, Haag-Streit and Reliance Medical Equipment have been leading providers of medical equipment for ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians. This experience institutes a solid groundwork for the development, design and production of the company’s unparalleled medical instruments and equipment. The companies set the standard for precision mechanics and innovative technology with an emphasis on usability and functionality. For more information, visit http://haag-streit-usa.com.