And “enhancement of facilities and programs allows Miami to respond to growing needs in Ohio’s health care workforce,” said Crawford.
The new health and wellness building is projected to be done by 2022 and will be the new addition to the campus since the opening in 2009 of the opening of the Miami Farmer School of Business.
The 170,000-square-foot building is needed, said school officials, as health care education programs at Miami’s regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown expand onto the school’s main campus.
According to a statement released by Miami officials, the school’s “nursing and speech pathology and audiology programs continue to grow, and the Boldly Creative academic development fund has awarded funding to establish a physician’s assistant program on the Oxford campus.”
“Co-locating clinical health programs in a health corridor anchored by the new center will increase learning opportunities for students.
“Funding sources would include state capital funds, sponsorship or naming opportunities, existing budgets and newly issued bonds. Trustees authorized the issue of bonds up to $125 million for multiple projects,” said officials.
In another move to expand health programming at Miami, trustees also approved spending up to $10 million to renovate University Hall on the Hamilton campus for classrooms and high-fidelity simulation and skills laboratory space for Miami’s nursing program.
The nursing program expanded to Oxford last year and continues to thrive at Miami Regionals. Construction will be completed in early in 2021.