PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville and WestCare Kentucky announced a unique partnership to provide human health counseling on campus. WestCare counselors will become UPIKE counselors to serve university students, faculty and staff.
“WestCare’s mission of uplifting the human spirit goes hand-in-hand with our mission of meeting the educational needs of central Appalachia,” said University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley. “We wanted to partner with WestCare because they bring the experience and depth across all facets of human health counseling.”
Three full-time counselors will work with the university’s Office of Student Success adding to other resources and professional services available, such as tutoring, mentoring and health care.
WestCare officials are excited about the partnership. The program will be similar to those offered at other universities.
“The difference is the proactive nature of the leadership and faculty saying ‘we want to do something.’ You put the students first,” said Richard Steinberg, president and CEO of WestCare Foundation. “We really think we are off to a good start.”
Robert Neri, senior vice president and chief clinical officer of WestCare Foundation, said WestCare works with other college but the partnership with UPIKE is unique.
“We do a lot of work with other colleges but we have never done anything as unique. This is a cutting edge opportunity that I think we will look back on in a year or two and it will be the model that a number of universities will take a look at emulate,” said Neri.