Kent State's Lakeshore Treasure Adds a Gem in New Facility

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The community is invited to tour the new building Aug. 30.

The ribbon will soon be cut to launch the grand opening celebration for the new Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building that will help develop professionals to fill the need for health care workers in this region.

The $15 million landmark facility will be home to the Ashtabula Campus’s nursing and allied health programs. Of that total cost, $6 million was raised through Kent State Ashtabula’s first major capital fundraising campaign.

The recession-proof health care field supports well-paying jobs in Northeast Ohio. Not only is Northeast Ohio an internationally known center for the medical field, but also jobs in related businesses that support the health care industry can provide employment opportunities to lessen the devastating impact of the county’s more than 13 percent unemployment rate.

“The Regional Campus System is vital to bringing the resources of Kent State University into the communities we serve,” says Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert G. Frank. “Dean Stocker’s tireless efforts to bring the Robert S. Morrison Health and Sciences Building to completion exemplify our mission to encourage outstanding teaching and innovative learning opportunities by providing the technology necessary to train the next generation of health care workers.”

Special features of the 55,000-square-foot building are already garnering interest from area health care professionals. The building contains the first human cadaver lab built along the shoreline between Cleveland and Erie, Pa. The facility includes a human patient simulator that can breathe, speak, bleed and produce body fluids. Students can administer intravenous medication and perform procedures such as intubation, ventilation and catheterization and hone other skills.

The building also houses labs for the radiologic technology program, a full-scale apartments for the practice of occupational therapist assistant skills and state of the art labs for students developing skills as physical therapy assistants and respiratory therapists.

A public open house will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. The community is invited to tour the facility and find out more about educational opportunities offered by Kent State Ashtabula in health care and all other disciplines.

“We are extremely grateful for the incredible support from the community to fund the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building,” says Dean Susan Stocker. “The grand opening gives us the chance to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals that have made it possible for this dream to be realized.”

The new building’s completion dovetails with the 50th anniversary celebration for the Kent State Ashtabula Campus. To learn more about the campus’s history, read the Kent State Magazine story in the fall 2009 issue.

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