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Nursing School Construction Begins
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new addition Oct. 28. The new structure will connect with the current nursing school building at N.W. 27th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The additional space, according to nursing school Dean Marvel Williamson, is necessary because of the program’s rising enrollment and the nation’s rising demand for nurses. “We’ve seen a 382 percent growth in enrollment over the past few years,” Williamson noted. “Because we accept all qualified applicants and let them begin without waiting on a list, it was just a matter of time before we outgrew our current building. That’s good news — with the country’s severe shortage of nurses, we hope to enroll even more.” The building will add 50,000 square feet of space with three stories. Most of the new space will be used for classrooms and labs. The building will have 10 classrooms, six seminar rooms and three labs. The labs will include mock hospital rooms where students can practice their skills in a simulation setting, Williamson said. The project will cost approximately $8.5 million, most of which has already been raised through grants and private donations. The donors include Herman and LaDonna Meinders, the Inasmuch Foundation, Mabee Foundation, St. Anthony Hospital, Drs. Marvel and Paul Williamson, Drs. Lois and John Salmeron, Dr. Jim and Jean Hartsuck and the Mary K. Chapman Foundation.