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CMU seeks $14.7 million to renovate, expand Community Health Plaza

CMU seeks $14.7 million to renovate, expand Community Health Plaza

According to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (CCNE), more than 60 percent of the state’s registered nurses, pharmacists and dental hygienists obtained their education outside of Colorado. Demand for qualified healthcare professionals continues to increase, and the CCNE has suggested that opportunities for in-state education must increase as well to meet the state’s needs.

Graduates from Colorado Mesa University’s nursing program have historically had a high employment rate, and the institution is well-placed to train professionals who will help bolster the state’s economy. But in order to fulfill the increasing need, the Department of Health Sciences will need to grow its programs. And to do that, they need a little elbow room. In January, CMU requested $14.7 million from the state to renovate and expand the Community Medical Plaza located immediately north of campus to house the health sciences department.

The project would refurbish 9,600 square feet of existing space and add a new, 25,718 square-foot building to the land. That’s crucial room for the department, which needs additional classrooms; clinical, simulation and computer labs; and space for offices and storage.

The renovated space will also house the Student Health Center and CMU’s mental health services provider, Behavioral Clinical Services, which is currently located off campus. This enables CMU to provide better health services to all students, as well as opportunities for supervised internships and practicums for health science and social and behavioral science students.

CMU will contribute more than $2.5 million for the project, which the Colorado Commission on Higher Education ranked as the second-highest capital construction priority. The university will find out if the requested funds have been granted later this spring.

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