Columbus Regional Health supports new nursing building at Auburn University

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A $250,000 gift from Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Georgia, will support two classrooms in Auburn University’s new School of Nursing facility.

The gift will fund active learning classrooms, which, unlike traditional classrooms, promote student project engagement and better utilize wireless technology for class applications. These flexible team learning environments are designed to accommodate evolving approaches to nursing education.

“We’ve built a vital partnership with the Auburn University School of Nursing over the years,” said Scott Hill, president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health. “We regard this gift as an investment in the future of healthcare delivery in our region. At Columbus Regional Health, we welcome Auburn’s best and brightest nursing graduates into our facilities.”

Columbus Regional Health’s investment supports the School of Nursing’s effort to raise $5.6 million in private funding to match university funds for Auburn’s first facility specifically built and designed for nursing education.

“As gifts from alumni, friends and clinical agencies are critically important to the construction of our new facility, we are grateful for Columbus Regional Health’s commitment to support a state-of-the-art learning environment that will prepare graduates to function adeptly in 21st century healthcare,” said Gregg Newschwander, Barbara Witt Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing. “Their investment affirms the direction of our program and the future of nursing education at Auburn.”

At 89,000 square feet, the new building will allow the School of Nursing to increase its student enrollment, attract additional faculty and provide students and faculty with spaces specifically designed to foster learning and research initiatives.

The building, which is located in the southwest corner of South Donahue Drive and Lem Morrison Drive, will be part of the gateway to the university’s new Health Sciences Sector. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2017.

As the leading provider of healthcare in west Georgia, Columbus Regional Health serves the Columbus, Georgia, area with a network of health and medical services.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.