Barry University’s long-awaited vision of a new medical sciences building became one step closer to reality Jan. 18 when then university broke ground on the Center for Community Health and Minority Medicine.
Phase I of the Center is estimated to cost approximately $5 million, with the total cost of the three-phase project estimated at more than $18 million. It is hoped that students and faculty will be utilizing the facilities contained in Phase I by the fall of 2008. When completed, the Center will serve more than 400 health professional students and will provide an enormous opportunity not only for the university, but for the South Florida community it serves. When all three phases of the project are completed, Barry’s new Center will represent a collaborative vision of health professional education.
The building will house the newly formed Division of Medicine, which includes the School of Podiatric Medicine and the School of Graduate Medical Sciences. Working from a collaborative model, the Center will also provide needed classroom space and research facilities for the Division of Nursing and other health-related programs.
With its three-phase development plan, the Center will focus on diseases that adversely affect minority and underserved communities. It will also facilitate the development of educational programs for the prevention, treatment and management of these diseases.
“The Center not only provides us with increased capacity to attract and train health professional students from diverse backgrounds, but also better enables us to serve the health and medical needs of our diverse population in South Florida as well as the state and the nation,” said Center Director Richard Patton.