New CMU Health Building Taking Shape on Campus

The new Center of Integrated Health Studies at Central Michigan University is starting to take shape on their Mount Pleasant campus.

The university broke ground on the $26 million building back in April.

The building’s steel framework is up and many are getting excited about the opportunities this building will bring.

“It all started about 4 years ago when CMU decided they wanted to have an addition put on to our building and we put in some applications to the state of Michigan and it took really three years for them to approve it,” said Tom Masterson, CMU Dean of College Health Professions.

Four years of planning and finally the Integrated Health Studies building is coming together brick by brick.

It will soon offer students’ four classrooms, an auditorium, an interprofessional education center, and physical therapy and physician assistant labs with modernized equipment.

“Which will allow us to not only to teach the students basic skills and physical examination but to give them real-life scenarios in terms of critically ill patients,” said Scott Massey, director for the physician assistant program.

The new building will allow more lab space and make 20 more P.A. program spots available.

Right now they are at full capacity with 40 students.

“As a student spending the last 15 months in this building, this space can be a little bit cramped. You are competing with other programs for space,” said P.A. student, Fred Clifford.

“This will definitely be a draw for new students it’s going to benefit a lot of our programs,” said Masterson. “CMU is turning into a health sciences university.”

This building will help lay the foundation for students to strive in the medical field.

“This building is very exciting for all of CMU’s future, P.A., P.T., all of the health professions programs.

The building will be ready to hold classes in January 2020.