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In-demand health programs to expand

CMU unveils plans for new integrated health studies building

Contact: Heather Smith

Plans for the new $26 million Center for Integrated Health Studies, which will allow Central Michigan University health care programs to expand, were shown to the public for the first time Wednesday.

Drawings show a two-story, 50,000-square-foot building stretching north and south from the west side of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.

“Students in all of our disciplines will be learning together, which promotes better collaboration to improve patient outcomes.”— Thomas Masterson, health professions college dean

Jonathan Webb, associate vice president for facilities management, and Thomas Masterson, dean of the health professions college, presented the plans at a meeting of the Board of Trustees’ Finance and Facilities Committee.

“We have built a very strong team, with project contractors on board,” Webb told the committee, “and we will continue to make improvements as we move forward.

“It is important to note that while we remain in the design process all aspects of the design are subject to change.”

The first floor will include an auditorium; student collaboration areas; graduate student offices; and labs for human physiology, physical therapy and physician assistant students.

The second floor will include an interprofessional education lab, with both simulation and standardized patient centers; additional faculty offices for program expansion; and several classrooms.

“Students in all of our disciplines will be learning together, leading to improved patient outcomes,” Masterson said.

He said the new facility will benefit all of the health professions’ clinical programs as demand for these programs grow as the population ages.

Construction documents are scheduled to be completed by February, with construction projected to run from March 2018 to September 2019, and move in by November 2019.

The largest payment toward the building, $19.5 million, came from the Legislature in June 2016. Work on the project began in February 2017. The rest of the money came from university reserves.

The center will be the first new structure on campus since the Biosciences Building was completed in 2016. The renovation of Grawn Hall was completed this summer.

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