Kennesaw State University’s new $56 million Health Sciences Building opens

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 Prillaman Hall will provide facilities to increase the production of nurses, nurse educators…

Georgia (Aug 5, 2010) —  Prillaman Hall will provide facilities to increase the production of nurses, nurse educators

To access downloadable information and photos, visit: http://www.kennesaw.edu/prillamanhall/

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 5, 2010) — Gone are the days when nursing students at Kennesaw State University have to watch educational videos while sitting on the floor of the campus’ old nursing building while waiting for their turn to use the lab.

Today, KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services officially moved into its new home – the nearly 200,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building. The new building also will house the WellStar School of Nursing, one of the state’s top producers of nurses.

The new $56 million building was built with $47 million in state support, a $300,000 federal grant,
and a generous collection of private donations. The expansive, four-story facility boasts:

  • 15 health, science and interdisciplinary laboratories;
  • 13,000 square feet of nursing-lab space;
  • The nursing school’s first pediatric lab;
  • Two 120-seat classrooms;
  • Four 90-seat tiered classrooms;
  • Three 60-seat classrooms;
  • Six seminar rooms;
  • Four computer labs;
  • A 230-seat auditorium; and
  • Offices for WellStar College faculty and staff .

The expanded facility will allow the university to increase the number of nursing graduates from about 185 a year to approximately 250. Currently, only one in nine qualified applicants to KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing is accepted into the program due to space constraints.

 “Today’s ribbon cutting for Prillaman Hall is truly a historic occasion for Kennesaw State, as we open this state-of-the-art facility that will solidify the WellStar College’s reputation for providing premier nursing, health sciences and human services programs,” President Daniel S. Papp said. “We also are especially proud of our partnership with WellStar Health System, which benefits not only both of our organizations, but also the broader communities we serve.”

At the dedication ceremony held this morning, the new building was named in honor of long-time KSU Foundation trustee Bob Prillaman and his wife, Lil. Prillaman has served on the KSU Foundation board of trustees for 25 years. He is also a trustee emeritus of the WellStar Board of Trustees.

 “I don’t know how to express the honor we feel,” Prillaman said. “This new building will define KSU as not only the largest nursing school in the state, but one of the highest quality.”

Bob Prillaman is credited with helping to forge the partnership between WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University, an alliance that provides a ready job market for KSU grads and a well-prepared pool of candidates with contemporary nursing skills for WellStar.

"Bob Prillaman has been an integral part of the growth of not only WellStar Health System, but Cobb County as well," said Gregory L. Simone, M.D., president and CEO of WellStar Health System. "I am extremely proud of his achievements and honored to be a part of this special day for him.”

Livvy Lipson, widow of former WellStar president and CEO Dr. Robert Lipson, also attended Thursday’s events. Mrs. Lipson has given the WellStar College of Health and Human Services 25 of Dr. Lipson’s photographs, which will be on permanent display in the new Health Sciences Building. The collection includes landscapes, portraits and architectural shots.

“My husband, Bob Prillaman and Dean Sowell were all together eight years ago at the inception of this relationship,” Mrs. Lipson said. “I am just thrilled about this building and what it means; it’s just such a gift to the community.”

In recognition of the partnership between WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State, a 230-seat auditorium in the new building will be dedicated to WellStar Health System and Simone.

“We wanted to honor our long-standing relationship with WellStar, as well as Dr. Simone personally, in an effort to thank him for his dedication to our partnership,” said KSU Foundation Chairman Norman Radow. “It’s a small but important gesture, as both organizations continue to strive to meet the growing health-care needs of our community.”

KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services consists of the WellStar School of Nursing, the department of health, physical education and sport science, and the department of social work and human services. The new facility will house nearly all the WellStar faculty, with the exception of a few health, physical education and sport science department faculty who will remain in the offices of KSU’s Convocation Center building. Classes will start in the new building beginning this month, as Prillaman Hall’s classrooms are fitted with audio and video technology. 

“This building will allow us to be more effective and efficient in our teaching methods, and will greatly enhance the learning experiences of our students,” said WellStar College of Health and Human Services Dean Richard Sowell.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 22,300 students from 142 countries.

 

The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world-class healthcare through our hospitals, physicians and services. WellStar Health System includes Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Physicians Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center; and WellStar Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit www.wellstar.org.

 

 



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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