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USF Starts New Construction at Health Sciences Center

USF students at site of new construction

The University of South Florida in Tampa has launched an ambitious building project to change the face of the Health Sciences Center and transform how its graduates care for patients. The $14 million, 77,000 square foot College of Nursing will double the size of the existing facility and create a front door to the Health Sciences Center. It is the nursing school's first major expansion and renovation in its 30-year history.

Funded primarily by appropriations from the state's PECO budget, the new College of Nursing building is also supported by $750,000 gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, matched by the state for a total of $1.5 million, and a $500,000 gift in memory of George and Marion Miller.

The centerpiece of the three-story complex will be a national model for health care training—a Center for Integrated Learning that brings together nursing and medical students to develop and test their clinical skills. "Students who learn from one another as team members are more likely to work together once they enter practice," said Dr. Robert M. Daugherty, dean of the USF College of Medicine and vice president of the Health Sciences Center. "This collaboration will inspire care that heals, empowers and achieves the best outcome for patients and their families."

Added to the new College of Nursing will be three U-shaped, tiered classrooms bringing instructors closer to their students and facilitating group discussions. Equipped with distance learning technology and Internet access, the wireless classrooms will connect students and faculty to hospitals and clinical sites across West Central Florida. These smart rooms will accommodate more than twice the number of nursing students as the College's current lecture hall with the latest technology needed to acquire essential skills and knowledge.

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