Jacksonville (Fla.) Universitys new College of Health Sciences building, which houses the School of Nursing among other schools, officially opened with a Sept. 4 dedication.
At the dedication of the new 30,000-square-foot facility, JU leaders and local health partners emphasized the universitys three-decade history in health sciences, as well as its future ambitions focused on innovation, scholarship and market-oriented academic programs, according to a
Today we celebrate not only the opening of a state-of-the-art health sciences education building, but also the vibrant environment and renewed commitment toward academic excellence exploding on our campus, JU President Tim Cost told hundreds gathered for the outdoor ribbon-cutting, including representatives from the universitys more than 300 health partners, according to the release.
Amenities at the center include dedicated, reconfigurable and multipurpose learning environments; event space and meeting rooms; a Simulation Training and Applied Research Center with 14 beds of newborn-to-adult patient manikins; an Advanced Novel Equipment Workspace speech pathology lab and Physically Active Lifestyles lab; open, clerestory lighting to bring in natural daylight; and wireless technology throughout, according to the release.
We are unrestricted by old models of training, College of Health Sciences Dean Christine Sapienza, PhD, said in the release. Our community must focus on prevention, wellness, assessment and treatment models. The dynamics of healthcare is receiving increasing attention, from emergency room costs to the burden of healthcare disparities in access and outcome. We intend to be positioned to discuss these controversies and the opportunities of these issues.
The College of Health Sciences project is a major part of a larger, $20 million, phased plan to expand the colleges facilities, programs, equipment and faculty to meet growing demand. The facility houses the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Health Sciences.