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Bevin to Visit Newport, Attend Dedication of New NKU Building

Governor Matt Bevin will make two stops in Campbell County on Wednesday.

First, Bevin will be in Newport for a community forum to discuss economic development and other issues, a news release said.

That event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Campbell County Fiscal Court (1098 Monmouth Street, Newport) and is open to the public.

Later, Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya will be joined by Bevin and St. Elizabeth Healthcare president & CEO Garren Colvin to dedicate the new Health Innovation Center on the Highland Heights campus.

The state-of-the-art technology and learning centers–including the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center–make the HIC one of the largest and most comprehensive health professions buildings in the country, a news release said.

“The Health Innovation Center transforms how we educate and train the next generation of health care professionals with an interdisciplinary approach to addressing our population health challenges. I see it as the nexus of talent, innovation and community development,” said Vaidya. “A project of this scope doesn’t happen with one institution. It takes everyone making a commitment to improve education and health outcomes in the region. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment from our state legislature, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, local leaders and other community partners.”

The $105 million project is home to NKU’s College of Health Professions and the Institute for Health Innovation. The Kentucky General Assembly allocated $97 million toward the construction of the HIC.

“We are proud to join Northern Kentucky University to celebrate the dedication of this new state-of-the-art Health Innovation Center,” said Bevin. “This project represents a unique collaboration between NKU, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and other key regional partners. The Health Innovation Center will provide premier education and training opportunities for students, while strengthening Kentucky’s future workforce and positively impacting the health of our citizens.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. St. Elizabeth also invested to support the Institute for Health Innovation Executive Director position.

“St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to partner with NKU on the Health Innovation Center’s Simulation Lab. The Health Innovation Center will help build a more robust workforce to meet the unmet needs of our healthcare community. One of the most exciting aspects of the Health Innovation Center is the new, cross-functional educational experience for students that will undoubtedly produce outstanding healthcare leaders and providers of the future,” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO.

The Health Innovation Center is the first new academic building constructed on NKU’s campus since Griffin Hall, home to the College of Informatics, opened in October 2011.

The project took three years to complete and included building the HIC and renovating Founders Hall, the second-oldest academic building at NKU. In addition to the Institute for Health Innovation and the College of Health Professions, the building is home to the Political Science/Criminal Justice/Organizational Leadership Department, the Honors College, Wellness, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Integrative Studies and the Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity.

-Staff report