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BRCC and Our Lady of the Lake Health Break Ground on Cutting-Edge Nursing Building

BATON ROUGE, LA – In a significant development for healthcare education, Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) and Our Lady of the Lake Health have jointly initiated the construction of a cutting-edge Nursing and Allied Health Building. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at BRCC's Mid City Campus, located at 201 Community College Dr. This state-of-the-art facility will bring together BRCC's School of Nursing and Division of Allied Health under one roof, accommodating existing programs in Nursing, Sonography, Surgical Technician, Phlebotomy, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Assistant. Moreover, it will enable the addition of high-demand programs in Respiratory Care, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training.

The collaboration between BRCC and Our Lady of the Lake Health resulted from a partnership forged last year. The Lake invested $12 million towards the $25 million project to support its construction and development. The 92,800-square-foot, four-story building will be a beacon of modern healthcare education, offering ample space for 1,200 students, including close to 500 nursing students. It will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, cutting-edge laboratories, a simulated hospital, experiential learning spaces, study zones, and even a large open gym to nurture a conducive learning environment.

The new Nursing and Allied Health Building marks a significant milestone in BRCC's legacy and commitment to elevating nursing education and patient care standards. It has been designed to cater to the evolving needs of nursing and allied health professionals, aiming to empower students with essential skills through hands-on learning experiences.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards lauds this partnership for addressing two crucial areas in the state: community and technical colleges and healthcare. By collaborating, BRCC and Our Lady of the Lake are taking strides to address the shortage of healthcare workers, a pressing priority for Louisiana. This endeavor will create a pipeline for quality training of new nurses, fostering a healthier Louisiana and stronger communities, especially among disadvantaged groups seeking increased economic prospects.

The Nursing and Allied Health Building is remarkable for housing cutting-edge simulation equipment, enabling students to engage in lifelike medical scenarios that enhance critical thinking, decision-making abilities, and patient care techniques. This emphasis on experiential learning will equip aspiring nurses and allied health professionals with practical skills essential for their future careers.

Designed by Chasm Architecture and Mackey Mitchell, the Nursing and Allied Health Building is a milestone for BRCC's Mid City Campus, as it is the first new classroom on the campus since 2009. Ratcliff Construction Company will serve as the building's general contractor. For those interested in BRCC's Nursing and Allied Health division, further information can be found at

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