Valdosta Daily Times

October 4, 2012

Groundbreaking event today

Staff Writer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — This afternoon, the official groundbreaking for the Health Sciences and Business Administration Building at Valdosta State University’s north campus will be held to commemorate this historic occasion.

The $32 million investment in the building earmarked by the state legislature will bring many times that amount in return to this community.

The ability to expand their health sciences degrees and programs will offset the severe nursing shortage South Georgia Medical Center is currently facing. The programs will also entice additional professionals to teach and others who may potentially practice in the community in the future.

Health care professions are among the fastest growing and the center will house six programs, including nursing, communication sciences and disorders, athletic training, exercise physiology, social work and health care administration. There will also be future masters and doctoral programs developed in these areas.

The center has received a tremendous amount of support from the legislative delegation, from the university, including several past presidents, from SGMC and from the community at large. It has taken a concerted effort on the part of many who consistently and persistently lobbied for the center to make it a reality.

Site preparation work has been ongoing for several weeks, and the groundbreaking today will herald the official beginning of the building’s future, but also marks the culmination of nearly 10 years of work and planning to bring it to fruition.