School of Allied Health Professions breaks ground on new state-of-the-art facility

Left to right: JD Drasbek, president of the Master of Health Administration class of 2019; Marsha Rappley, M.D., CEO of VCU Heath System and VCU vice president of health sciences; Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System; Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., dean of VCU School of Allied Health Professions; Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Delegate S. Chris Jones; Harry Thalhimer, board chair of the MCV Foundation.

More than 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni, elected officials and community members gathered beneath a white tent bordered by mounds of dirt and bulldozers on Friday at the future site of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions. The event attendees, many of whom had been working toward the day for decades, were assembled to celebrate the groundbreaking of the school’s new 154,000-square-foot building.

“What is great about this building is that it will bring all of these health care professionals together,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.

The eight-level facility will, for the first time in the school’s nearly 50-year history, centralize all 11 of the School of Allied Health Professions’ units.

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