The Kansas University School of Medicine in Wichita hadn't seen anything like it in two decades.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Jack Davis, president of Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), dedicated a new center Wednesday that will be devoted to improving the education of primary care physicians and research that enhances the health of women.
The facility was the first new construction on the Wichita campus since the school was established more than 20 years ago.
Hemenway and Davis cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the 30,000-square-foot center.
Dr. John Hiebert, a Lawrence member of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the project was an important public-private partnership.
"As a physician, I am doubly pleased when our efforts help to turn out more trained and qualified doctors to meet the health care needs of the citizens of our state for years to come," Hiebert said at the dedication.
The building is home to the KHF Center for Primary Care and the Daniel Roberts Center for Research. Also at the site are the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Office of Rural Health Education and Services.
The structure is home to the Primary Care Office, which administers the $15 million grant to KU from KHF. This award, announced in April 1995, was the largest ever received by the KU Endowment Association.
Women's Research Institute, with research and programs aimed at improving health care of women, occupies the center named for Roberts.
Roberts was a professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He died in 1994.