UofL and ScionHealth officials at the ribbon cutting for the School of Nursing Student Collaboration Center.
UofL and ScionHealth officials at the ribbon cutting for the School of Nursing Student Collaboration Center.

The University of Louisville hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with ScionHealth to celebrate the official opening of a Student Collaboration Center in the School of Nursing. 

Kindred Hospitals, a division of ScionHealth, invested $900,000 to renovate and build-out the new facility at the university’s Health Sciences Center. The new Student Collaboration Center has become the heart of the student educational program in the School of Nursing.

“Our nurses are frontline heroes, and these new facilities will only improve their experience and training. Thank you to our partner ScionHealth for investing in UofL’s School of Nursing and our community’s next generation of nursing leaders,” said UofL President Kim Schatzel.

The Student Collaboration Center opened for student use in fall 2022. The 3,485 square foot space positions UofL nursing students for success by encouraging them to engage with one another, share ideas, study in groups and socialize.

“We are proud to support the development and training of the next generation of nurse leaders through our investment in UofL’s School of Nursing. Our intention is to support well-trained caregivers and positively impact the health and well-being of our entire community,” said Rob Jay, ScionHealth’s chief executive officer. “We are fortunate in this community to have UofL’s School of Nursing, and we are confident that their programs will benefit our Specialty and Community Hospitals nationwide.”

The new Student Collaboration Center features spaces to support collaboration in both open and private places, including an open kitchen area built to resemble a modern café. The area allows students an area to rest, eat and engage in between long classes, as well as study for exams.

“At the UofL School of Nursing, we are committed to providing our students with the right academic environment for studying and collaborating,” said Mary DeLetter, interim dean of the School of Nursing. “This investment from ScionHealth helps us to provide students with an unrivaled nursing education environment. We can attract and retain the best nursing faculty to guide our students through today’s healthcare challenges. Great cities have great health sciences complexes, and this project is a catalyst for the University of Louisville School of Nursing to contribute excellent graduates to the community.” 

View photos from the ribbon cutting event