Wall Breaking Ceremony Marks Beginning of Construction on Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 1:00pm
8th Floor, Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the Jefferson College Campus
Our wall-breaking team prepares to go to work

Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Radford University hosted a “wall breaking” ceremony for the new Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH).

The lab will be located on the eighth floor of CRCH in downtown Roanoke and will house 15 anatomy tables.

Because the $2.5 million project is being completed in the existing CRCH building, there is no ground to break. In place of that symbolic gesture, walls were broken since the space is being rebuilt to suit the needs of the new anatomy lab. Jefferson College and Radford’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program are housed within the hospital now.

“This ceremony marks a key step in the collaborations between our academic institutions,” said Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences. “Not only do all of our students learn how to work together in the shared space, but it makes good economic sense to build one dedicated lab for all three schools rather than three separate facilities.”

When complete, the shared space will allow the institutions to continue their program of Interprofessional Education and interdisciplinary work, which allows healthcare students to learn how to work collaboratively in clinical settings before entering their professions.

“This new lab will be a vital part of our students’ education,” said Michael Wray, Rector of the Radford University Board of Visitors.” Working with the students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Jefferson College will help our students be better equipped to treat their patients.”

Speaking at the ceremony were Dr. Bishop, Mr. Wray, President and Dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Dr. Cynda Johnson, Carilion Clinic Senior Vice President Steve Arner, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

“We are excited about this project because it fits so well with our dynamic, innovative learning culture aimed at educating physician thought leaders who are equipped to adapt and excel in the ever-changing medical landscape,” said Dr. Johnson.

The lab is schedule to be completed by late spring 2015.   

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.” The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is an affiliate of Carilion Clinic. Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine joins Virginia Tech’s world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering with Carilion Clinic's highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education to train the next generation of physician thought leaders. More information is available at www.vtc.vt.edu/.

Radford University is a comprehensive, midsize public university that is student-focused, providing its nearly 10,000 students a diversity of outstanding academic programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment, and vibrant student life, Radford University offers many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. More information is available at www.radford.edu.