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USD breaks ground on new Health Sciences building, announces $1M gift from Delta Dental

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 3:57 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The University of South Dakota broke ground Thursday on a new building for the School of Health Sciences.

The new three-story, 45,000 square-foot School of Health Sciences building will be connected to the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building. The building features classrooms, health science labs, simulation centers, study spaces, and faculty offices. The programs that will be held in the new building include dental hygiene, nursing, physician assistant, addiction counseling and prevention, medical laboratory science, public health and health sciences, and social work.

“The new building will stimulate collaboration and innovation among our students, faculty and staff,” said Haifa Abou Samra, Ph.D., School of Health Sciences dean. “Unifying the many health sciences programs under one roof with innovative technologies will create a transformative and dynamic learning environment that allows our faculty to prepare students for the emerging and increasingly complex needs of health care.”

The university also announced a $1 million gift from the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation. The gift supports the university’s dental hygiene program. The university will rename its hygiene clinic to the Delta Dental Oral Health Center, which will be located in the new Health Sciences building.

“We are honored to receive the gift from the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation and delighted to be able to celebrate their generosity as well as the groundbreaking of the new School of Health Sciences building,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring.

The School of Health Sciences building is projected to be completed in August 2023.

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