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Allied Health Grand Opening

Released: 05/13/2008

The ribbon cutting opening for LSU at Alexandria’s new Allied Health Education Center in downtown Alexandria will be May 20 at 11 a.m., announced Dr. Tom Armstrong, interim chancellor and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. An open house will continue until 1 p.m.

The newly renovated building at 807 Jackson St., which is owned by Rapides Regional Medical Center, features nearly 10,000 square feet for digital X-ray and laboratory facilities, six classrooms and eight offices. The hospital and LSUA have a 10-year agreement for the university to occupy the building, which has been upgraded with more than $800,000 from various grants, the LSU Board of Supervisors, the Louisiana State Board of Regents and Rapides Regional.

LSUA’s programs in radiologic technology and clinical laboratory science will be taught from the Allied Health Education Center. Evening classes in phlebotomy and medical coding also will be held there, according to Haywood Joiner, chairman of the Department of Allied Health. Pharmacy technology will remain on the main campus, and clinicals will continue to be taught in local hospitals.

“This milestone project is very significant for several reasons,” Armstrong said. “It allows our students to learn with the latest technology and equipment, and it consolidates our allied health offerings in a convenient location. It also complements the university’s existing presence at the Alexandria Museum of Art and underscores our commitment to downtown Alexandria and accessible education in Central Louisiana.”

The Allied Health Education Center is 28 months in the making. “It would not have been possible without the vision and support of A.C. Buchanan (Rapides Regional Medical Center president/CEO) and the other agencies that provided critical funding,” said Armstrong. “Allied health is one of the academic benchmarks at LSUA with an extremely fine reputation, and this project further enhances the program.”

Nearly 300 students are enrolled in allied health programs at LSUA.