Belton, Texas – On Friday, October 21, at 1 p.m. the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will hold a special groundbreaking ceremony for its new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center at 409 West 9th Avenue in Belton. The public is invited to attend.
The new 76,100-square-foot facility will house the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing. The center will feature state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, where students will practice their clinical nursing skills, and high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education.
The $20-million project is part of UMHB’s Campus Master Plan, which calls for a total of $100 million in new construction over the next five to seven years.
“As we were working to develop our long-term plans for the campus, it was clear that creating a new space for the nursing program would have to be a priority,” university president Dr. Randy O’Rear said. “We feel it is important for UMHB to do its part in responding to the shortage of baccalaureate-degreed nurses throughout the state of Texas. This new nursing education center will allow our Scott & White College of Nursing to continue to grow, so that we may produce a greater number of graduates year after year.”
Construction of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center is expected commence immediately, and plans call for the building to be ready for use by January 2013.