University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Dedication Planned for Nursing Education Center

February 6, 2013
Dedication Planned for Nursing Education Center

Belton, Texas – On Friday, February 8, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will hold a special dedication ceremony for the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the corner of 9th Street and Shine on the UMHB campus and is free and open to the public.

“I have trouble putting into words how overwhelmed I am with this place and how excited I am for everyone to see it,” Dr. Sharon Souter, Dean of the College of Nursing, said. “It’s the culmination of many dreams.”

The facility is the new home for UMHB’s prestigious nursing program. Measuring more than 76,000 square feet, the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center boasts classrooms, faculty offices, study areas, lounges, and clinical laboratories. The building is also home to an entire hospital simulation area, including an emergency room, a nursing station, and a labor and delivery unit.

“There are very few places in the state or nation that can compete with this building,” Souter said. “I think it’s going to transform nursing education and the graduates that we are able to produce.”

During the dedication ceremony, the university will recognize and give thanks to the many donors who contributed an estimated $20 million to the project. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will be encouraged to explore the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center and tour some of its most impressive areas.

The Scott & White College of Nursing traces its roots to the school of nursing established in 1903 at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.  The program was transferred to UMHB and expanded into a baccalaureate degree program in 1970.  Today, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and it includes 670 nursing majors, more than any other major offered at the university.