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The UNCW College of Health and Human Services received funding from two private gifts, the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) Education Legacy Fund and Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, to support the construction of the Dr. J. Richard Corbett Anatomy Laboratory, set to open in the fall of 2023 inside Veterans Hall.

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The Dr. J Richard Corbett Anatomy Laboratory will be the only human anatomy lab in southeastern North Carolina.

The Corbett Lab will position UNCW to pursue a proposal for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Physician Assistant program. Human anatomy is a core component for post-graduate healthcare programs with curriculums built around human cadaver and digital anatomy facilities. The Corbett Lab will give Seahawks extensive hands-on experience to boost their education and provide undergraduate students a competitive advantage in seeking post-graduate health career programs. SEAHEC is partnered with Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is also affiliated with the UNC School of Medicine, both of which have a Wilmington Program, housed in Veterans Hall as part of the collaboration with the UNCW College of Health and Human Services.

Gifts to enhance UNCW’s facilities often give students and community partners a critical competitive edge, in this case for betterment of health and quality of life in the region. While Veterans Hall was funded through the Connect NC Bond, philanthropic gifts were used to construct the Dr. J. Richard Corbett Anatomy Laboratory.

The Dr. J. Richard Corbett Anatomy Laboratory will further connect the College of Health and Human Services to the local community, creating collaborative opportunities that will expand student experiences and allow Seahawks to build confidence in their practitioner abilities. Through research initiatives, medical device equipment demonstrations and other practicum experiences, students will gain real world experience alongside community partners.

The lab fits in conjunction with Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, which seeks to integrate donor passions with expanded opportunities for students and faculty, as well as provide more robust facilities and programs. The 2,789 square-foot lab is located in the Anatomy and Physiology Suite in Veterans Hall. It combines the traditional practice for teaching anatomy with 21st-century technology.

A planned gift from Dr. J. Richard (Dick) Corbett helped fund the Corbett Lab. Dr. Corbett, who worked as a radiologist at Cape Fear Hospital, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Brunswick Community Hospital and New Hanover Regional Medical Center before working for 30 years with the New Hanover Medical Group, was deeply invested in health care education at UNCW. The lab that bears his name will now help thousands of students gain practical experience and help advance health care within the region.