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Lake County medical school celebrates new facility

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  • State Rep. Carol Sente, left, tours the simulation lab with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Professor Jim Carlson in the new Interprofessional Education Center on the North Chicago campus Thursday. The building will also house the College of Pharmacy.

       State Rep. Carol Sente, left, tours the simulation lab with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Professor Jim Carlson in the new Interprofessional Education Center on the North Chicago campus Thursday. The building will also house the College of Pharmacy.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Dr. K. Michael Welch, president and CEO of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, laughs during Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Interprofessional Education Center in North Chicago.

       Dr. K. Michael Welch, president and CEO of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, laughs during Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Interprofessional Education Center in North Chicago.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science celebrated the opening of its new College of Pharmacy on Thursday.

The school is part of the newly built William J. and Elizabeth L. Morningstar Interprofessional Educational Center on the North Chicago campus. It's named after the parents of a university alumnus, Dr. George W. Morningstar of New York, who died last year and left $4.4 million to the university, a Rosalind Franklin spokeswoman said.

The building houses clinical simulation suites, a demonstration amphitheater and other facilities. The pharmacy college is on the third floor and includes laboratory space, a conference room and offices.

"Aided by this generous gift from Dr. Morningstar, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is providing our students the progressive education they need to become leaders in health care for the future," Dr. K. Michael Welch, the university's president and CEO, said in the release.

Students will begin studying at the pharmacy college next month, according to the news release.

The construction project cost $5.5 million and was funded by private and public sources, including corporate donations and state contributions.

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