Highlights: College of Nursing
- Public and private support transformed the outdated 40-year-old building into the Annette Poulson Cumming Building, which opened in 2010. Life safety, environmental and structural limitations have been addressed.
- The building is named the Annette Poulson Cumming Building through a $5 million gift from Ian Cumming in honor of his wife and College of Nursing alumna Annette.
- The three goals for the building renovation were accomplished: 1) an entirely new infrastructure, 2) increased faculty and staff work areas and 3) upgraded educational technology and expanded learning spaces for students.
- The new glass façade of the Annette Poulson Cumming Building increases the natural light inside and captures the beautiful views of the valley. The new, open collaborative spaces are increasing collaboration among faculty, students and staff.
- The new, 12,600 square foot Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center, made possible by a generous gift from Intermountain Healthcare, occupies the entire first floor of the building and is a virtual hospital. Working as interprofessional teams, students gain technical skills and clinical competency.
- The Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center now occupies the entire fifth floor of the building. The expanded space is helping the college secure federally funded research projects such as a $7.7 million Program Project Grant (PO1) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study end-of-life care.
- Thanks to private support, the College of Nursing has doubled its number of endowed chairs to 8, including the Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging. Endowed chairs are powerful in the recruitment and retention of faculty.
- Through an eight year grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is one of nine founding members of the National Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Generous matching support from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation assist the Center in preparing graduate students to become leaders in the nursing care of older adults. The goal of the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is to expand the number of highly qualified faculty and clinicians in geriatrics and gerontologic nursing to educate tomorrow's leaders in advancing science and provide the highest quality of direct care for older adults.