Ashtabula Campus Breaks Ground for a Healthier Northeast Ohio on July 17
Responding to the growing health care needs in Northeast Ohio, Kent State Ashtabula will break ground on a new $15-million Health and Science Building on July 17 at 4 p.m. The building is part of a solution for educating more nurses and allied health professionals to fill regional and national shortages.
Kent State President Lester A. Lefton will join Ashtabula Campus Dean Susan Stocker to turn over the first shovelfuls of dirt. The new building will house the nursing, occupational therapy assistant technology, physical therapist assistant technology and radiologic technology associate degree programs.
The new Ashtabula Campus building will feature state-of-the-art laboratories and technologically advanced classrooms, plus an auditorium-style classroom.
While the new building will be used mainly by the nursing and allied health programs, new academic requirements make it necessary for all degree-seeking students to take at least one lab science, which has increased the need for more modern facilities.
The aging population in the United States and its medical care requirements has increased the demand for nurses and allied health care professionals across the country. In addition, new technologies developed for testing and treating patients requires technical training and welcomes a new generation of professionals to the field.
“The health care profession overall is in short-range and long-range jeopardy of not being able to find enough qualified employees,” says Nancy Foster, corporate director of human resources for Lake Hospital System.
About 75 percent of registered nurses (RNs) working in Ashtabula County graduated from Kent State Ashtabula’s associate degree in nursing program. With the new facility, the campus will be prepared to ensure the continued growth of properly educated nurses and allied health professionals.
The building will also be available for the continuing education of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), for CPR classes and for training local hospital and fire department employees.For more information about the Health and Sciences Building on the Ashtabula Campus, read “Sharing the Vision: Health and Science Building Unveiled.”