Campus, community invited to Sept. 5 groundbreaking for Rural Health Education Building

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new UNK-UNMC Rural Health Education Building from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 5).

Located directly north of the Health Science Education Complex on the UNK campus, this cutting-edge facility will grow the state’s rural health care workforce and help communities thrive.

When the Rural Health Education Building opens, not only will medical, public health and pharmacy students be able to attend class on the Kearney campus for the first time, but existing allied health and nursing students will enjoy expanded class and program offerings. In all, the new facility will allow for the doubling of the number of health care students in Kearney, bringing the total number to more than 600.

When fully operational, the Rural Health Education Building and existing Health Science Education Complex will support about 240 local jobs and have an annual economic impact estimated at $34.5 million.

University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter, UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen and other VIP guests will speak or be recognized during the groundbreaking. Parking is available in Lots 26 and 33 near the Health Science Education Complex and event site.