Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging Marks 6th Anniversary
January 19th marked the 6th Anniversary of the grand opening of the Dr. Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging (RCVA). To commemorate this milestone, ICO planned an online celebratory event with Al Rosenbloom and Sue Tobert, the son and daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Rosenbloom, as well as Mrs. Linda Gorman, who recently named the reception area in the Rosenbloom Center in memory of her deceased husband, Dr. Stanley Gorman '71.
Highlighting the event was a presentation from Danielle Piser, OD, FAAO, Chief of the Rosenbloom Center, focusing on the significant impact the RCVA has made over the past six years. Services in the RCVA include geriatrics, neuro-optometry, vision rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and electrophysiology. In six years, over 50,000 patients have been treated. During COVID, the RCVA was a hub for urgent cases, with over 350 patient encounters in mid-March and June.
In addition to the useful low vision tools already provided, new devices, such as IrisVision and Vision Buddy, have been made available to patients in the RCVA. The Center is also a 4th-year externship site and a low-vision residency has been established. Plans for the future include additional resources, such as a newsletter and a support group for patients as well as establishing nursing home screenings.
Al and Sue were moved by the dedication to their parents' vision for the Center. Says Al, "Amazing work with amazing individuals achieving dad and mom's amazing vision. Thanks for your continued commitment. We're very much looking forward to Year 7!"
The legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Rosenbloom will continue for years to come.
Virtual Reception for Leadership Circle Members
On January 12 & 13, ICO held virtual receptions via MS Teams to update and thank our most loyal, annual supporters - our Leadership Circle members. President Mark Colip gave a State-of-the-College Address, highlighting the successes of 2020 as well as focusing on the opportunities that 2021 will bring. With over 40 members participating, they were invited to ask Dr. Colip questions following his address. Moe Eid, OD '03 asked how they can further help the College. "Contacting another classmate or alumnus, asking them to support the College like you do or simply by sharing their name with Vince Brandys, OD '90, who handles College Development, would go a long way in helping us to expand our circle of supporters," Dr. Colip replied.
We are thankful for all of our donors who help us further the mission of the College. To find out more about the becoming a Leadership Circle member, click here.
Pre-Holiday Online Store Surpasses Expectations
In late fall, the ICO Alumni Council launched an innovative online initiative to raise funds to support the Alumni Association Scholarship – a Pre-Holiday Online Pop-Up Store offering an assortment of apparel with the ICO logo or ICO Alumni logo on them. The results of the store went beyond their expectations, with over 200 items ordered!
Alumni Council member Stacy Hinkemeyer-Colatrella, OD '96, FAAO was the originator of the fundraising idea. She says, "The quality of the items is amazing. I'm so happy with my order, and it arrived in time for the holidays. Thank you to all those who placed an order and helped us raise funds for the Alumni Association Scholarship.”
The next online store is scheduled for early spring. Be on the look-out for our Pre-Commencement Online Pop-Up Store with a new assortment of ICO Alumni apparel.
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