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Med School Dean Dr. Tim Ridgway, Delta Dental CEO Scott Jones, State Senator Arthur Rusch, USD President Sheila Gestring, Dean Haifa Samra and Dr. Mary Nettleman break ground on the new Health Sciences building

Construction Begins on New School of Health Sciences' Building

A long-sought vision will soon be realized. On April 1, a formal groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new building that will house School of Health Sciences (SHS) programs and departments. This new, critical asset for the university reflects the enduring commitment by the State of South Dakota, the University of South Dakota, the School of Health Sciences and other partners to boost health professions education in our state and offer evolving, improving health care to South Dakotans and the nation. 

Measuring 45,000 square feet, the new three-level structure will be physically connected to the existing Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, forming a unified “health complex” of classrooms, laboratories, research facilities, offices, study spaces and meeting rooms. Of the school’s nine departments, only the school’s physical therapy and occupational therapy departments will not occupy space in the new structure, as those two programs are now housed in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center building that was opened in fall 2016. One special feature of the new facility will be a dental hygiene clinic aided by a donation from Delta Dental of South Dakota.

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