Mary Baldwin University will celebrate the construction of its new Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS) on Thursday, October 18, with an afternoon groundbreaking ceremony.
The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the site of the future graduate campus off of Goose Creek Road in Fishersville. Parking will not be available at the site, but shuttle service is available beginning at 1:30 p.m. from the parking lot behind the Business Building at Augusta Health (adjacent to North Campus Lane).The land — visible from Interstate 64 — has already been graded in preparation for the new building, designed by Wisconsin-based architectural firm Kahler Slater. Kjellstrom + Lee, Inc. will manage construction, scheduled to officially begin in the spring.
“We’re looking forward to this exciting time with our friends and colleagues in the community,” said Linda Seestedt-Stanford, founding vice president for health sciences at Mary Baldwin. “This groundbreaking represents a new chapter in the history of Mary Baldwin University and an exceptionally promising future for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.”
By summer 2014, Mary Baldwin plans to open the doors of MDCHS with doctor of physical therapy and doctor of occupational therapy programs, and by 2015 add a master of physician assistant studies program. Mary Baldwin has initiated the appropriate processes for each program to become accredited. The community is invited to follow news about the health sciences initiative and construction progress on the Mary Baldwin website.
“Through the work and generosity of numerous individuals, we have positioned Mary Baldwin to succeed well into the 21st century,” said David Atchley, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “I am very excited to be part of such a great team and organization.”
The new graduate school is becoming a reality thanks to the generosity of Bertie Murphy Deming Smith, whose $15 million lead gift is fueling the development of MDCHS. Her gifts though the years have been the largest contributions to Ever Ahead: The Campaign for Mary Baldwin University. The college will kick off the public phase of the campaign on Thursday as well, hoping to raise an additional $20 million in the next two years to support a variety of programs and priorities.
“Thanks to the many generous donors who have brought our campaign to nearly $60 million raised to-date,” said Dan Layman, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. “The college is experiencing incredible momentum during a time when the economy is challenging most colleges and universities. The final $20 million of our campaign is critical to sustaining this momentum and securing the future of Mary Baldwin University.”
Directions to Parking Shuttle: From Interstate 64, take exit 91 and proceed northeast on Tinkling Spring Road. Turn left on Goose Creek Road and proceed past the main Augusta Health entrance. Turn right on North Campus Lane, take the first right, and turn right again into the parking lot. Drive to the far end of the lot and look for the bus shelter.