Members of Tallahassee's Ghazvini family present a $2 million gift to Tallahassee Community College. The money will go toward the college's upcoming $25 million center for health education, which will bear the family's name.
"It's very much a pride for our family that we can make this donation to TCC and to the larger community and to be apart of this important work in improving health care for Tallahassee," says Dr. Alisa Ghazvini, a member of TCC's Board of Trustees.
The new health center is slated for construction by early 2008. In the next five years TCC officials also hope to increase enrollment in the health program by 100 percent.
"We think health education is one of the strongest parts of Tallahassee, Leon County and the area we serve. This really puts additional wind in our sails," says TCC President Dr. William Law.
Plans are for the 65,000 square foot facility to be located off campus near Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Capital Regional Medical Center, offering students better practice before receiving clinical assignments.
“This is the first part of a health education campus for our community that will lead to an increased number of allied health professionals, medical professionals, that we as a community are going to desperately need," says Mark O’Bryant, President and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
The goal of the center will be to improve the state of health care for the region while meeting critical shortages of health care professionals. The health center is said to be TCC's highest priority for the upcoming Florida legislative session.