LIMA — The recently named president of Rhodes State College, Dr. Cynthia Spiers, spoke before the Lima Rotary Club on Monday at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
She, along with Dr. Eric Mason and Angela Heaton, co-interim deans of Health Sciences at Rhodes State, gave Rotarians an update on the proposed downtown Center for Health Science Education and Innovation.
The project, on Lima’s Town Square, has been in the works for the past four years.
“You know, we have a vision for this health science facility, and it is a vision of great magnitude,” Spiers said.
Spiers replaced Dr. Debra McCurdy, who took a similar job in Baltimore.
The design of the building and all of the paperwork are just waiting for governmental approval.
“Everything’s been submitted and waiting on their approval to go to bid, so we’re probably looking at end of January, February sometime, to be able to break ground,” Spiers said.
Rotarians got a sneak preview of the center’s design through a video shown at the luncheon.
“It is a futuristic-looking facility, demonstrating the health technologies and the advancement of that has been made in health sciences over the past five years,” Spiers said. “It will be an exciting look from the outside, and it will go into and apply through on the inside of the facility with a monumental staircase where students can sit and study. We have a multi-caption screen, which is really wanting to incorporate all different allied health, nursing and medical individuals and analyzing medication, communicating to each other even though that they may or might not even see it.”
Spiers was very impressed with how the surgical room is coming together.
“It’s going to have surgical lights and a simulated patient. When I was watching it, the person was dying, and when we saved it, it looked over at me and a tear came out of it. That’s how real it’s going to be,” Spiers said.
The design of the building was a conglomeration of what was utilized elsewhere.
“We toured multiple universities in designing this building,” Heaton said. “We toured the University of Toledo, Cleveland State University, Lakeland Community College, and we’ve really modeled much of our new facilities after those three institutions.”
“We are excited to partner with Lima and with coming to the downtown area in order to be a staple with this community to make sure that we’re providing this community with competent and ready to go into action or service,” Mason. said.
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