Baylor's Nursing School Dedication Set For Monday, Sept. 25

Sept. 22, 2000

by LoAna Lopez

Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing will celebrate the school's recent completion of a $5 million facility expansion and renovation of the Harry W. Bass Academic Center during a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at its Dallas campus, 3700 Worth St.

The nursing school, one of nine schools and colleges operated by Waco-based Baylor University, is centrally located just east of downtown Dallas on the Baylor University Medical Center campus.

The dedication, which includes a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a donor wall, will take place in the Dale and Anita Jones Foyer on the school's first floor.

Among those participating in the ceremony will be Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and Boone Powell Jr., chairman of the Baylor Health Care System.

The Baylor School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first bachelor of science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1954, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States.

In November 1999, the school was renamed the Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, co-founder of TCA Cable Inc. of Tyler and a 1992 Baylor University Alumna Honoris Causa, made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. It was the third-largest gift from an individual in Baylor's 155-year history.

Accredited by the National League for Nursing and by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degree in both patient care management and family nurse practitioner programs. Nearly 100 percent of Baylor School of Nursing graduates who seek employment upon graduation find a position within one month and most are employed upon graduation.

For more information, contact the Baylor University Development North Texas office at (214) 953-0190.

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