Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Annie B. Laird Foundation awards $60,000 grant for new KC Health Science Center

Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda is pleased to announce that the college has received a $60,000 grant from the Annie B. Laird Foundation to assist in funding renovation costs and purchase instructional equipment for the new KC Health Science Center located in the Laird Memorial Hospital building.

The Health Science Center is set to open Aug. 25 for the first day of classes—housing four health sci-ence programs under one roof for the first time in college history: Associate Degree of Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Science and Surgical Technology.  The Laird Foundation continues its dedication to the revitalization of Laird Memorial Hospital after donat-ing more than $600,000 in 2012 to help Good Shepherd Medical Center bring full ER services back to Kilgore.

“We are so very appreciative to the trustees of the Annie B. Laird Foundation for their generosity to the Health Science Center project,” Holda said. “Their gift will fund some new highly technical equipment for instruction in the health sciences that we would otherwise not have been able to provide.  We look for-ward to a great future in our new location, and we thank the trustees.”

Located in a previously unused portion of Laird Memorial Hospital just adjacent to the Kilgore campus on Highway 259, KC is leasing a portion of the hospital that has been vacant for about nine years for the new Health Science Center.  Crews have been working since January on the $1.5 million renovation that will house 16 state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and student lounges.

Students will get simulated on-the-job training since they will be training in what was once a functioning hospital.   The renovated portion of the hospital being leased by the college accounts for about 30,000 square feet which is a 12,000 square-foot increase from its previous location on campus.  

In addition to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Allegiance Specialty Hospital also uses portions of the hospital building.

Photo from left to right: Leah Gorman, Director of Development; Duane McNaney, Vice President of Adminis-trative Services; Pat McCrory, Laird Foundation; Pam DeCeault, Laird Foundation; Dr. Bill Holda, Presi-dent of Kilgore College; Tom Brown, Laird Foundation; and Louise Wiley, Dean of Math, Science and Health Sciences.