Plans are underway to relocate the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ St. Augustine, Florida, campus from its current home of more than 40 years to a purpose-built facility that offers more usable space and supports the university’s vision for growth. Located just two miles west of the current campus, the redesigned 122,000-square-foot building on 14 acres of beautiful parkland represents an exciting new chapter in the history of USAHS.
At a total cost of around $74 million, the new campus reflects USAHS’ ongoing commitment to the future of health sciences and investment in our students’ success.
“Our current St. Augustine campus has around 1,024 students, and with this new campus we hope to expand enrollment by providing immersive experiences that will help prepare graduates for long-term success as effective, interdisciplinary problem-solvers and leaders in their professions,” said Stephanie Furlough-Morris, CFO, SVP Campus Operations.
“We pride ourselves on innovating and responding to the ever-changing needs of today’s healthcare practitioners,” said Vivian A. Sanchez, USAHS Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer.
“With this expansion, we can continue to fill practitioner gaps and address the diverse needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities in St. Augustine and in the other communities we serve in all 50 states. The University’s new campus is a demonstration of our commitment to the broader community.”
The new site will include a wide array of updates and improvements, such as to the university’s signature Center for Innovative Clinical Practice, which will feature a hospital ward simulation with 14 beds, two complex hospital rooms, six assessment rooms to practice doctor office scenarios, an ‘activities of daily living’ lab that simulates a home environment, observation rooms that allow for real-time observation and review of student scenarios, and state-of-the-art simulation technology.
In addition, there will be cadaver and Anatomage anatomy labs, a research lab, four hands-on labs, four learning studios, a recording studio for professional videos and class lecture production, and upgraded AV/IT technology throughout the entire space. An expansive student lounge, study spaces with student learning support technology, faculty and staff offices, workspaces, conference rooms, enhanced student amenities and 490 parking spots round out the expansion.
“We are so proud to announce this exciting development, which supports our commitment to providing cutting-edge immersive learning experiences for students and help prepare them for long-term success as effective, interdisciplinary problem-solvers and leaders in their professions,” said Dr. Maria Puzziferro, USAHS Dean of Teaching, Learning and Innovation.
The new St. Augustine campus is expected to be completed next year, ready to accept its first cohort of students in fall 2024.
Founded in St. Augustine in 1979, USAHS is committed to health and rehabilitative sciences through innovative classroom and clinical education. Our more than 15,000 exceptional alumni transform the lives of everyone they serve, providing excellent care to members of our St. Augustine community and beyond.
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