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Keiser University recognizes Gulf Coast Village

May 11, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Keiser University has recognized Gulf Coast Village as the top local site for its occupational therapy students during the 2017-18 academic year.

Gulf Coast Village earned the university's "Best Fieldwork Site" award after developing a mutually beneficial program in which Keiser students complete their clinical internships at the premier continuing care retirement community. The annual award recognizes a community partner that graciously accepts Level I and Level II fieldwork placements and is willing to share knowledge and expertise with future occupational therapy professionals.

"Keiser University has long been known as a leader in healthcare education, and the quality of Keiser's interns has been second to none," said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. "Our team of clinicians has happily accepted as many Keiser interns as we can accommodate, and that ultimately raises the level of service we're able to offer our residents."

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Dr. Tina Gelpi, director of Keiser University’s occupational therapy assistant program, presents John Nicolette, director of allied health services at Gulf Coast Village, with the “Best Fieldwork Site” award for the 2017-18 academic year. Gulf Coast Village offers an extensive internship program for Keiser’s occupational therapy students.

Keiser University, founded in 1977 by Arthur and Evelyn Keiser, opened a Fort Myers campus in 2010. The private university specializes in medical career education, with its occupational therapy assistant program among its most popular degree tracks.

Dr. Vanessa Khan, Keiser University's fieldwork coordinator in Fort Myers, praised Gulf Coast Village as "a wonderful resource and asset to Keiser University occupational therapy assistant students and the future of the occupational therapy profession. We value their collaboration and the knowledge that they bring to our students."

About Keiser University

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students offering 100 degrees at the doctoral through the associate level on 18 Florida campuses, online and internationally, employing 3,800 staff and faculty.

Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University. For more information, visit

About Gulf Coast Village

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Vil-lage is a top Continuing Care Retirement Commu-nity in Cape Coral. Resi-dents enjoy active independent living in a lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers a full continuum of care when needed, including: assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit



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