Topeka, KS – Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today served as a special guest speaker at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Grand Opening of its new Health Education Building.

The new Health Education Building is a 170,000 square-foot facility that will transform education for the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. The $82-million Health Education Building will serve as the primary teaching facility for all three schools, and it will feature state-of-the-art simulation technology and flexible learning spaces with inter-professional education in mind.

“On behalf of the state government of Kansas, we are proud to support this project,” said Dr. Colyer. “As a KU Medical School Graduate, I am personally thrilled that today’s students – in medicine, nursing and the health professions – will have the opportunity to work in realistic clinical and hospital settings, putting them ahead of the curve once they graduate and enter the workforce serving our Kansas communities.”

“This building is the first in which medical, nursing and health professions faculty will work together to teach students from all three schools, practicing together during simulation training, giving all students real-world experience working as a team to improve patient outcomes,” said Douglas A. Girod, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Kansas.

“As technology evolves, and the science of teaching continues to change, we are prepared now with a flexible, high-tech facility that can change with it,” said Robert D. Simari, M.D., interim executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center and Executive Dean for the KU School of Medicine. “We look forward to educating doctors, nurses and health care professionals in a space that will meet our needs now and in the future.”

The project was funded with $26 million from the state of Kansas, $21 million from the University of Kansas Medical Center and the remainder with private gifts raised through KU Endowment, including a $25 million lead gift from the Hall Family Foundation.

For more information about the Health Education Building, see http://www.kumc.edu/heb.html.