|By: Dee Shedrick|
In its infancy, the health care program was part of the science and math division. But when Delgado merged with Charity Hospital School of Nursing, it absorbed its programs in the 90's. The program expanded tremendously offering nuclear medicine, ultrasound and surgical technician training. It was at that point that the division was created and officially named, Allied Health. Marvin Thames, Sr. was director at that time and named Harold Gaspard, currently vice chancellor for academic affairs as the first dean of Allied Health. Gaspard's work was cut out for him to identify and develop all of the health care programs that were needed. Allied Health began to work with The Metropolitan Hospital Association for hospitals in metro New Orleans to establish particular programs based on their needs. Gaspard remembers, "We would write the programs, hand carry it to Baton Rouge, get it approved by the boards and come back and implement it."
Today, Delgado has close to 400 partnerships with health care providers across the state. All Allied Health students are assigned to work in a hospital or clinic to complete their practicums. Many students have graduated from Delgado to become doctors and administrators in the health care field all over the world.