Campbell dedicates Smith Hall & Wood School of Nursing

September 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina — Campbell University dedicated the Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences and the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

With a quick reset of scenery due to rain, the event was moved inside where dozens of Campbell faculty, students, and supporters mingled and toured the brand new building prior to a short program offering thanks and insight to the Smith and Wood families who generously gave their name and support to the building and nursing program.

“It is a compelling vision that makes this day and these events,” said Campbell University President Brad Creed. “It’s not just a vision for Campbell University to be a great university or to have robust health sciences programs. It’s not a vision to have a beautiful building or programs in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, or public health. It’s a compelling vision to alleviate suffering, to make human life better, to wipe tears that are filled with grief. It is a vision for human flourishing and to contribute to the common good. That is why Campbell University is here.”

Directors from each of the three programs that share residence in the building spoke on how they are working together to make a difference in the community and their professions while working collaboratively. Smith Hall has already been host to its first interprofessional education (IPE) event, which brought students from the medicine, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs together to solve a case study.

“It is a gift to leave work knowing you have intervened for physical, emotional or spiritual pain, detected a complication before it became a negative outcome, advocated for those who cannot, comforted the dying, offered hope and support for a new mom, prevented an error, successfully started an IV on an eight-month old, and laughed with your colleagues,” said Nursing Director Nancy Duffy.

“Notice you didn’t hear anything about blood and guts, bed pans, or Dr. Dreamy because nursing is so much more than that. I am sure that Tracey Smith and Catherine Wood would agree with me that nursing is more than a job. It is an opportunity to make a greater change in someone’s life for the better.”

Ground broke on the $22 million, 72,000 square-foot building in March 2015. The Woods and Smiths served as co-chairs of the fundraising campaign for the new facility and gave lead gifts to support the project. The building is located adjacent to the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences located on Campbell’s Health Sciences Campus off U.S. 421, in Lillington, less than a mile west of the school’s main campus.

It sits on 3.2 acres of Campbell’s Health Science Campus and boasts 4 floors, 60 offices, 4 large classrooms, 12 small group study spaces, 10 objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) rooms, 8 major laboratory spaces including a neuro-pediatric lab, physical therapy reintegration lab, and exercise lab, and 7,000 square feet dedicated to research.

Tracey F. Smith is married to Henry Smith, a 1967 graduate of Campbell and a member of the Campbell Board of Trustees. He was the founding owner and president of Carolina Medical Products. The couple has one daughter, Hannah.

Catherine W. Wood graduated from Rex Hospital’s nursing school and obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989. She spent many years working as a staff nurse in orthopedics and neurology at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She is married to Luby Wood, a member of the Campbell University Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a former resident of Gastonia, North Carolina. He retired from Lowe’s Corporation and has managed a car wash chain and his family’s farming and land interests. The couple lives in Raleigh. - By Leah Whitt


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Students enjoy Smith Hall’s collaborative design

On one floor, Campbell’s physician assistant program. The next, physical therapy. The third floor, the new Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing. The top floor — site of Wednesday’s ribbon cutting ceremony — will one day house facilities for medical research.

The Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences is a hub of collaboration for students in the University’s growing list of health science programs. On a day celebrating the building’s arrival, its students had nothing but glowing reviews for the place they call “home.”

Second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student Brandon Langworth spent his first year in the program in Carrie Rich Hall — Campbell’s main campus “incubator” that housed his class during Smith Hall’s construction. The new facility has opened “new horizons” for him.

“Carrie Rich had just the physical therapy students, but now, we can intermingle with nursing and PA students,” Langworth said. “Our labs were a bit cramped there, and there were a few technical issues, but everything here has been phenomenal. Initially, I came here for the program and curriculum, but with the state-of-the-art offerings in this new building, I’m like, ‘Wow.’ The labs here are cutting edge. The technology, the different techniques we’re learning … it’s been great so far.”

First-year PA student Megan Jesse thought she would be learning in Smith Hall’s neighbor, the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences (home of the School of Osteopathic Medicine), but learned during Accepted Students Day her home for the next three years would be Smith. PA students spend a lot of time in class, in labs and in study rooms — the building needed to have a “home” feel for students like Jesse.

“We were here until 1:30 (a.m.) last night,” said Jesse, whose favorite room is the large classroom where students sit in circles rather than facing a professor. “I just like the windows in that room. The natural lighting. It makes things lighter and happier. This can be a very stressful program, and it’s nice to know when you’re spending so much time in these rooms that there’s light on the other side.”

Eighteen months ago, freshman Emily Grace Harris spoke on behalf of the charter class of the School of Nursing at the groundbreaking ceremony for Smith Hall. She talked then about how nursing was a calling for her, a profession she felt she could truly make a difference in the world. Now entering her junior year, Harris again spoke for her class, this time praising the collaborative atmosphere of the building and the entire Health Science campus.

“We are barely a month into the program, which is so hard to believe, and already, we have used these cutting-edge labs to practice health assessments on each other, to measure vital signs and to administer medications,” Harris said. “Last week, this was the perfect environment and perfect building for our first IPE [Interprofessional Education] event, to collaborate and discuss with students in several health care professions.”

PA program director and chair Tom Colletti repeated the word “home” in describing his program’s new space. Smith Hall felt like “home” to first-year PA student Amanda Laurent, too. She said the building played a part in her decision to come to Campbell.

“It’s comfortable and cozy,” she said. “I could just envision myself studying here, attending classes and labs here. I’m glad I’m here.”

— by Billy Liggett