Washington State University dedicated its new pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences facility at the Riverpoint campus Friday afternoon.
There's a lot of pride in Pullman but if you haven't spent much time at WSU's Riverpoint campus you should. It's beautiful and it's growing.
"That is something this campus needed and this building supplies that," Dr. Ken Roberts, director of Medical Sciences at WSU Spokane, said. "It's top of the line for everything."
The building will launch this campus into the 21st century and beyond. It will allow the medical science and pharmacy programs to expand their teaching labs, like a basement level operating room classroom soon to be filled with cadavers.
"Basically our research capabilities will be not limited by technology we don't have," Roberts said.
"We're already a leader in health care and now we can grow our own healthcare professionals and they can practice right here in Spokane," WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown said.
That's ultimately what this building means; you can study to become a doctor or other medical professional without leaving the Lilac City.
"Everything from dental assistance to dentistry to pharmacy, nursing … its really fantastic for our community," Brown said.
Brown was an economics professor at EWU in the 1980's when she first remembers talk about this building/
"There was this dream about a medical school in Spokane and all these years it has taken and all these people have worked so hard and now the reality you can now do full medical education in Spokane and Eastern Washington," she said.