BOWLING GREEN Ky. (WBKO) - Construction crews remain busy putting the finishing touches on The Medical Center - WKU Health Sciences Complex. After a ground breaking last summer, and hard work this winter, administrators are anxious to get inside.
"The construction is on schedule. It was a 14 month timeline which for a 74,000 square foot building is very very aggressive," says Executive Vice President of Commonwealth Health Corporation, Jean Cherry.
The new facility with be home to Western Kentucky University students and current Medical Center staff. While the modern look on the outside is impressive, what's going inside will ensure our area has the best medical care.
"The clinical skills lab that the hospital will be using simulates the real life patient environment at the hospital. It has all of the same beds, monitoring equipment, medical gases," says Cherry.
Mannequins that breathe and function like a patient will also be part of the lab. WKU says the new facility and technology will expand an already popular field of study.
"Now our school of nursing, we are taking 160 students a year in the program. We really didn't have the facility here for clinical space and even for lecture space," says Dr. John Bonaguro, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
But the move down the street to The Medical Center will also bring changes to other programs.
"When the school of nursing leaves there is around 10,000 square feet of space in this building that could be reutilized. Our college is the largest college at the university. Close to 5,000 students will be at our college in the fall," says Dr. Bonaguro.
Now some of those students will be able to study in a state of the art facility.
WKU expects to start moving in on August 1 ahead of an August 22 ribbon cutting.