About 100 people officially celebrated the KC Health Science Center open house Sept. 28 and were given tours of the new facility located in the former Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital Building located just adjacent to the Kilgore campus on Highway 259.
The open house featured speakers from the Laird Foundation, KC President Dr. Bill Holda and an official ribbon-cutting.
The HSC houses four of KC’s health science programs under one roof for the first time in school history. Programs include: Associate Degree Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Science and Surgical Technology.
KC is leasing a portion of the hospital that was vacant for about nine years. Crews worked eight months on the $1.5 million renovation that houses 16 state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and student lounges.
Students receive simulated on-the-job training since they are 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.
Good Shepherd Medical Center and Allegiance Specialty Hospital also use portions of the building next to the new Health Science Center.
Photo above: James Walker (KC Board member), Paula Carter (Surgical Technology program director/instructor), Ursula Dyer (Radiologic Science program director/instructor), Louise Wiley (Dean of Math Science and Health Sciences), Carla Gleaton (Physical Therapy program director/instructor), Dayna Davidson (Associate Degree Nursing program director/instructor) and Scott Andrews (KC Board member) cut the ribbon to officially open the Health Science Center Sept. 28. Photo by Jon Vashey/KC