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BHC breaks ground for new Health Sciences Center at QC Campus

BHC nursing and physical therapist assistant students joined college president Dr. Thomas Baynum in breaking ground for the new Health Sciences Center.

BHC nursing and physical therapist assistant students joined college president Dr. Thomas Baynum in breaking ground for the new Health Sciences Center.

Wearing stethoscopes and lab coats, Black Hawk College trustees, administrators, instructors and students, along with architects and contractors, broke ground April 2 for the college’s new Health Sciences Center at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The three-story facility will encompass 46,300 square feet and have eight labs, two classrooms, a 64-seat lecture hall, two conference rooms and faculty offices.

The college anticipates the $15 million project will be completed in June 2015.

Current Black Hawk College programs that will move into the building are:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Practical Nursing

The college also will have two NEW programs in the building:

  • Surgical Technology (certificate and associate of applied science)
  • Veterinary Assisting (certificate)

Both programs are pending approval from the Illinois Community College Board.

“The pace of change in health care is truly amazing,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, vice president for instruction.

“We must continue to provide the best opportunities for our students to learn and acquire the skills that not only health care providers demand, but health care consumers also demand,” she said.

“I think about the lives that will be changed because of this facility,” said Dr. Thomas Baynum, Black Hawk College president.

“Not just the lives of our students who will come here to learn, to train and to prepare. But the lives of the patients they will treat. The lives that they may, in fact, help to save,” he said.

“The Health Sciences Center is one way we demonstrate how we will stay at the leading edge of health care higher education,” Dr. Truitt said.

View photos from the groundbreaking.

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Last updated 4/4/2014