Center for Allied Health and Athletics
Center for Allied Health and Athletics becomes a reality
Chesapeake College's Center for Allied Health and Athletics will become a reality. The Talbot County Council's June 12th vote to approve local funding for this project ensures the college will continue to train our region's nurses and other health-care professionals, and that our aging Physical Education Building will get a much-needed facelift.
Talbot's vote follows similar actions in Queen Anne's and Kent counties. I wish to thank the commissioners and council members in those counties who understood the importance of funding this project even in tough economic times. I appreciate the consideration all council members and commissioners in our five support counties gave this project, including those who regularly support the college but did not feel they could vote for this project due to their county's fiscal challenges.
I would also like to thank everyone – college board members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni; local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Commissions; business people and citizens – who supported this project. This groundswell of community support, as well as the editorial support this project received from The Star Democrat, was pivotal in this project's approval.
This project was approved, even in challenging fiscal times, because it makes so much sense. The $8.5 million in local funding ensures almost $27.4 million in state funding for a project that will generate an estimated 400 construction-related jobs. This project also guarantees the future of the college's nursing and allied health programs, replacing inadequate space at Memorial Hospital in Easton with a state-of-the-art facility on the college's main campus.
The project's design phase will begin immediately, with construction starting this time next year. The center will likely open in 2015, prepared to train the region's next generation of health-care professionals thanks to the elected officials and residents of our region. Thank you to everyone who offered their support!
Barbara A. Viniar