Campus: SAN BERNARDINO -- June 8, 2006

Riverside County Donates $250,000 For New Health Sciences Complex At CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has voted to give $250,000 toward construction of the new health sciences building at Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus, said Fred Jandt, dean of the campus.

"We're grateful to the supervisors for this generous donation," Jandt said."This brings us even closer to our goal of breaking ground this fall."

The V-shaped building will house classrooms, lab and office space for nursing education and other science classes at the Cook Street campus. Its cost is estimated at $14 million, which is being raised in the community from local cities, Riverside County, other government agencies, foundations and private donors.

Supervisor Roy Wilson, whose fourth district covers the Coachella Valley and outlying areas, said the nursing education structure will play a critical role in the region's health care support.

"I was pleased to propose this donation to my fellow supervisors, because I think it's a wise investment for the county," said Wilson. "There is a real shortage of nurses in the Coachella Valley, and this building will house a top-notch nurses' training program that will help alleviate that shortage."

Eight of the nine Coachella Valley cities have given gifts toward construction of the health sciences complex, Jandt said.

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