The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has announced a ten-year, $20 million investment from LHC Group, a national in-home healthcare services provider, in support of the university's College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
The largest gift to an academic unit of the university includes approximately $9 million for construction of a $65 million health sciences building, with the remainder providing endowed support for the school's internationally accredited simulation lab program, the establishment of its first endowed deanship, an increase in student scholarship funding, the creation of an endowed faculty research and development fund, support for endowed professorships, and scholarship support for students who are pursuing post-acute care certification at the graduate level. In recognition of the gift, and pending approval from the University of Louisiana System board of supervisors, UL Lafayette plans to rename the Department of Nursing.
"Acadiana — and the country — need more qualified healthcare professionals," said LHC Group chief medical officer Benjamin Doga. "The challenges COVID-19 brought over the past year made that plain. And that need only deepens as our population ages. This is an investment in the well-being of our families and our neighbors — and in our employees, who will benefit from newly created tuition-reduction programs. Its an investment in all of us — and that’s a win-win."