Leaders of UC Davis, along with leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Health and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, plan a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Betty Irene Moore Hall at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.
UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, UC Davis Health Interim Vice Chancellor Thomas Nesbitt and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and School of Nursing Founding Dean Heather M. Young will lead members of the UC Davis and Sacramento communities in the ribbon cutting and open house at 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard entrance to Betty Irene Moore Hall at 2570 48th St. in Sacramento.
“When the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation chose UC Davis for an innovative school of nursing, we saw a great opportunity to build a new model of educating future health professionals,” Chancellor May said. “The whole building is designed to have students facing each other, learning from each other and solving problems together – just as health professionals do on the job.”
The 70-thousand-square-foot, $50 million academic building, located at the corner of Y Street and Second Avenue, is home to the School of Nursing and supports interprofessional health sciences education. Betty Irene Moore Hall features collaborative learning spaces rather than traditional classrooms. State-of-the-art simulation suites engage students through interactive learning platforms and further the school’s capacity to advance health and transform health care. It also provides flexible spaces needed to prepare future health professionals in nursing, medicine, health informatics, public health and more.
“Betty Irene Moore Hall adds distinctive classroom space to the Sacramento campus, provides a unique environment needed to prepare health care professionals and also supports interdisciplinary education and research programs,” Young explained. “It also signals that the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is a permanent member of UC Davis. Now we can focus on creating the impact in health care that we set out to accomplish 10 years ago.”
The building advances UC Davis’ innovative use of and national recognition for clinical simulation. It features simulation labs where clinical scenarios play out on one side and debriefing rooms on the other side provide an environment to discuss the actions and decisions taken during the simulation. Students also develop clinical skills in an inpatient, eight-bed hospital ward, task and anatomy skills labs, a 15-room primary care clinic and a one-bedroom apartment as part of the simulation suite.
“Betty Irene Moore Hall is more than simply adding space to our campus,” Nesbitt said. “The building’s design encourages collaboration and communicates that we believe health care should be transdisciplinary, collaborative, open and welcoming.”
The building is named for Betty Irene Moore, who, for more than a decade, has been an advocate for patients and families, a champion of nursing and a pioneer for improving health care. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing was founded in 2009 with a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Currently, the school offers five graduate degrees through the interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. The school opened in 2010 with 33 students and full enrollment of about 420 students is expected by 2022.
Formal remarks will be followed by a ribbon cutting and open house of Betty Irene Moore Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can watch students in simulation exercises, learn more about services located within the building and explore the common areas and collaboration spaces.