Campbellsville Harrodsburg dedicates new health care building

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – The City of Harrodsburg is celebrating new beginnings for health care in the region.

Thursday, Campellsville University dedicated its newest facility, Commonwealth Credit Union Center for Health Services.

The center is designed for students who live in Mercer and the surrounding counties. For Sandra DeFoor, Director of Nursing at Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital, the facility is an important step in providing a quality nursing education to the area.

“It’s been wonderful. It’s opened up so many other opportunities for people in this area. Because before that, people would have to go to Lexington or Richmond or Western Kentucky. If they were going to nursing school, they’d have to drive a long way on some dangerous roads. And so now we have this here, and it opens up opportunities for people to live here,” said Defoor.

The facilities are meant to be a long-term investment in training health care professionals in their own communities where they believe they can do the most good.

In addition, Commonwealth Credit Union donated $150,000 to directly fund student scholarships to attend.

“We have a lot of non-traditional students, and what I mean by saying that is they have businesses, children, responsibilities…and the good thing is that as instructors we feel it very important to take all students where they’re at and show them compassion and care,” said Dean of Nursing Dr. Michele Dickens.

The building is designed for the university’s Practical Nursing, Nursing Associates Degree, and Medical Radiology Certificate, which are all in growing demand in the region.

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