Saginaw Valley State Universitys new state-of-the-art nursing and health sciences facility
Monday, December 22, 2008
As a cardiologist, I know all too well that we are facing a shortage of medical professionals in our state. With an aging population and demand for services growing by the day, it is essential that we move now to increase the number of medical students in Michigan. Luckily, in mid-Michigan we’re moving ahead with a terrific project that will do just that.
The groundbreaking on Saginaw Valley State University’s new state-of-the-art nursing and health sciences facility is on track after both the Senate and House of Representatives approved authorization for its construction.
The health care field is growing rapidly across the state. In fact, SVSU’s nursing program has expanded more than 200 percent since 2002. The demand is overwhelming and quickly outpacing our ability to accept students.
The new teaching center will enhance the technology and learning strategies essential for training in the health care professional field. When this center is complete SVSU will be able to train even more students – giving them the necessary medical skills needed to land good-paying jobs.
Additionally, construction of the facility is expected to create 1,000 jobs immediately, making this venture a win-win for the entire Saginaw Valley.
The new 80,000-square-foot facility at SVSU’s Crystal M. Lange College of Nursing and Health Sciences will serve as a major trainer and provider of health care professionals for northeast and central lower Michigan.
Earlier this year I fought to include $21 million in state funds for the project when the Legislature approved Senate Bill 511.
The state funds will go toward construction of the $28 million facility and will consolidate the health sciences programs into one location. Presently, the university’s Health Sciences Department is spread across four buildings on campus: Wickes Hall, Brown Hall, the Regional Education Center and the Ryder Center.
I’m glad SVSU received state funding and construction authorization for this vital project. I’m especially looking forward to greeting our new medical students in the coming months!