LSU Health Shreveport students Kyle Lewis, Kendall Lewis, and Stewart Lockett help celebrate the groundbreaking of the future educational home for student doctors and other health care professionals, such as physician assistants and physical therapists.

Earlier this month, our community broke new ground on a bold new future: The Center for Medical Education. On October 3, 2019, our medical community, in addition to local and state officials, gathered with over 400 supporters for the official groundbreaking of LSU Health Shreveport’s new medical education building.

“It’s these types of investments that give us a sense of optimism about our future because we’re investing in Louisiana’s people. So that they can stay right here in Louisiana and not only provide world-class healthcare but also contribute to the economy,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “I’m excited for the future doctors, nurses and medical professionals who will learn how to save lives and improve lives all across Louisiana.”


Among attendees and special guests were: (left to right) Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System; Rep. Sam Jenkins; Rep. Katrina Jackson; Mayor Adrian Perkins; Gov. John Bel Edwards; Dr. G.E. Ghali, Chancellor, LSU Health Shreveport; Dr. F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University; Sen. Greg Tarver.

This 5-story, 187,000+ square foot building will be located on the south side of campus, connected with a walkway to the Health Sciences Library. The Center for Medical Education is a $60 million, public-private capital project featuring classrooms for up to 250, training labs, small group study rooms, and a state-of-the-art clinical skills center, simulating a hospital ward.

“Breaking ground on the Center for Medical Education was a huge moment for the Shreveport-Bossier community and LSU Health Shreveport,” says LSU Health Sciences Foundation President Kevin Flood. “It’s one thing to have a dream, but it’s another to ask others to dream it with you. It was important for us to show our donors, our community, and our elected leaders that this isn’t just a dream anymore, the Center for Medical Education is reality.”

For more information about the Center for Medical Education, please contact Jesse Gilmore at 318-861-0855.

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