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August 28, 2020
Beam Signing Event Marks Milestone for Rhodes State College’s Center for Health Science Education and Innovation

LIMA, Ohio, August 28, 2020 – A milestone was etched in steel as leaders for the state of Ohio and Rhodes State College gathered on Friday, August 28 for a “Top Off” Signing Ceremony at the new Center for Health Science Education and Innovation (CHSEI) in downtown Lima.

Rhodes State President Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers was joined by Ohio Senator Matt Huffman; Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Education, Mr. Randy Gardner; College Board Chair, Jane Krites; Past College Board Chair, Dr. Wilfred Ellis; and Foundation Board Chair, Matt Jennings. Together they marked history for the College and the region as they signed their names to a steel beam that will be placed to “top off” the CHSEI project.

Chancellor Gardner, Senator Huffman, and President Spiers offered remarks prior to the signing in the Crouse Performance Hall Lobby of Veterans’ Memorial Civic and Convention Center. The final beam—bearing the signatures—will be placed atop the building to commemorate this phase of the project.

On schedule to be completed in June 2021, the 50,000 square foot Center will house state-of-the-art technology and five of the College’s Health Science programs: nursing, respiratory care, EMS, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assisting. The design of the building provides 8,000 square feet of additional programming space; four clinical simulation labs with debriefing rooms; an open ambulance simulator; a home-care lab for physical and occupational therapy; 12-bed nursing lab; four-bed respiratory care lab; and six additional classrooms. The design also allows for interdisciplinary experiences for students and incumbent health care professionals.

The day’s event can be seen at A live webcam is available at to monitor the progress of the Center for Health Science Education and Innovation.

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