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USD School of Health Sciences building grand opening and ribbon cutting to be held Thursday – Brospar Daily News

The University of South Dakota will celebrate the new College of Health Sciences building with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 11 a.m.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place outside South Campus between the Andrew E. Lee Memorial for Medicine and Science and the School of Health Sciences building. Media are invited to attend.

Construction on the 45,000 square foot building began in April 2021. The first floor of the new building houses the Delta Dental Oral Health Center, named in honor of a million dollar donation from South Dakota Delta Dental Foundation. Clinic services are open to the public.

Other building highlights include technology-enhanced active learning classrooms, health science labs, simulation rooms, student collaboration and learning spaces, and co-working spaces. for teachers and staff.

“We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of the new College of Health Sciences building with members of our community, industry partners and supporters,” said SHU President Sheila K. Gestring. . “This state-of-the-art building will serve as a catalyst for health science students to learn and grow to become the next generation of health professionals. In the past, we have had to reject qualified applicants because our facility could not accommodate larger classes. This new facility will provide an opportunity to increase enrollment and develop healthcare professionals in many areas of the state that are in dire need.

The building supports the academic, research and service missions of eight of the country’s fastest growing health professional disciplines, including dental hygiene, nursing, social work, counseling and prevention. addiction, medical laboratory science, physician assistant research, public health and healthcare. Sciences . Putting these projects together allows students to collaborate in real-life settings they will encounter in modern South Dakota hospitals and clinics.

The new College of Health Sciences building, attached to the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, also provides additional collaborative opportunities for health science and medical students.

“Having the only general school of health sciences and the only medical school in the state, it is important that we have students who learn, learn and practice together as a coordinated team,” said Dr. Haifa Abou Samra, Dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Now our students can do this in a new facility designed to support this team-based approach to healthcare. We are committed to preparing our students for the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Over the past decade, 4,400 people have graduated from the USD School of Health Sciences, 63% of whom live and/or work in South Dakota. With nine departments focused on health education, 22 programs, two dental hygiene clinics, and two vital public service centers, the College of Health Sciences is the largest and most comprehensive source of health care education. South Dakota Health and Clinical Readiness. Many USD healthcare plans are unique to South Dakota and only available in USD.

“With the support and vision of our Legislature, the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota Delta Dental Foundation, SHU faculty and staff, and countless others, we have created a comprehensive school of science of health at USD that is focused on its students and serving South Dakota and beyond,” Gestring said.

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