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UT Tyler Breaks Ground on Braithwaite Building Expansion to Grow Nursing Program 

Tyler (April 5, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler hosted a groundbreaking ceremony  for the expansion of the David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building, home of the university’s  School of Nursing. 

In 2019, the UT System Board of Regents allocated $35 million for the addition and partial  renovation of the building. This expansion will increase the simulation and skill lab spaces and the  number of student spaces, allowing the school to accommodate a larger number of students as the  nursing program continues to grow. 

“UT Tyler’s School of Nursing plays a leadership role in the health of East Texas,” said Kevin P. Eltife,  chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. “As we all work together to increase access to health  care professionals who wish to learn, train, and ultimately remain here to work, producing more  nurses is fully integrated into that plan. The regents were proud to invest in this effort.” 

“Our nationally recognized nursing program attracts students from all over Texas,” said President  Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “The expansion and renovations are necessary for us to accommodate  our vastly growing nursing program, and I am grateful to the UT System and the East Texas  community for their ongoing support.” 

The first floor of the 47,000-square-foot addition will be dedicated to simulation and skills labs.  Upon completion, the school will have more than three times its current capacity for simulation.  These spaces will include pods designed for medical surgical acute care, intensive care, pediatrics,  mother-baby and home health. It will expand the number of debriefing rooms, a critical component  of simulations, from two to six. Additionally, it will create an open lab where students can practice  and prepare for clinicals. The school has plans to eventually use the second floor for collaborative  research and community engagement. 

“We are very grateful for the support provided for this addition,” said Barbara Haas, PhD, RN,  School of Nursing dean. “The School of Nursing mission statement notes that we are ‘learner centered,’ and this is evident in the priorities in this building design. Every decision first considered  the student experience and perspective. We are so excited for our students to see the beautiful  spaces that have been designed to support them as they pursue their nursing degree.” 

About UT Tyler

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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