Baptist partners with Ivy Tech in $2.5M renovation project – Louisville Business First – Louisville Business First

Baptist Health is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College Sellersburg in a $2.5 million project to fund renovations to the school’s health sciences building in Southern Indiana.
The project will establish the Baptist Health School of Health Sciences and the Baptist Health Life Sciences Laboratory Suite. It includes renovations to the Southwest Wing Pfau Hall of Ivy Tech, a community college in Sellersburg, Indiana. Updates to the space have been in the campus’ masterplan since 2019.
Pfau Hall is about 96,000 square feet, but the project will focus on 7,000 square feet. It will renovate the existing labs and build a new entrance.
The suite will include life and physical sciences, microbiology and biology labs. It also includes storage spaces, offices and lab study areas.
Gerard Colman, CEO of Baptist Health, said the announcement deepens the partnership between the two entities.
“[The partnership] advances our shared goals of providing brighter futures for our health care workers and to recruit some of the region’s top talent to care for our patients,” he said in a news release. “Our partnership with Ivy Tech — and their outstanding work to better prepare their graduates — helps make that possible.”
Even before the partnership, Baptist Health and Ivy Tech have seen crossover, according to a news release on the program.
Baptist Health Floyd, 1850 State St., New Albany, employs about 200 Ivy Tech graduates or current students. It also hosts nursing students in its residency program.
“As Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest nursing program, we are uniquely positioned to address the growing health care workforce needs,” Sue Ellsperman, president of Ivy Tech, said in the release. “It is imperative that we do so alongside employer partners such as Baptist Health, we are so thankful for their investment and proud to have the Baptist Health name for our School of Health Sciences and laboratories.”
The project will be done alongside the college’s other renovation project utilizing a $3.1 million CARES Act grant. That money will be used to renovate 18,000 square feet within the Health Sciences Wing of Pfau Hall.
Both of these projects are expected to begin in late 2022 and take 12 to 18 months to complete.
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