Emerging HSEC finds support

Portrait of James House, M.D., M.S., and Janelle House

James House, M.D., M.S., and Janelle House

Construction clips along on the University of Minnesota’s new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC). The 7-story, 202,000-square-foot building is slated for completion at the end of this year and for occupancy over the spring and summer of 2020.

Designed as a unifying space, the state-of-the-art HSEC will promote teamwork among the U’s health sciences students and faculty. It incorporates active-learning classrooms, simulation suites, a health sciences library, a variety of study spaces, and more.

On a recent hard-hat tour, James House, M.D., M.S., Medical School Class of 1963, couldn’t help but be intrigued by the facility’s surgical simulation suites. House is a professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery whose career focused on restoring hand function in people faced with irreversible brain and spinal cord injuries. After a bad back forced him to retire from surgical practice earlier than he would have liked, he continued to teach for another 23 years at the University and what was then called the VA Medical Center.

House and his wife, Janelle, have generously supported Medical School scholarships for many years. But an opportunity to invest in the HSEC, and name its House Family Surgery Sim Room, seemed like a perfect combination of their passion for education and dedication to a medical specialty that has given them so much, James House says. 

“Active learning is absolutely the key for adult education,” he says. “This is an investment in the future. In the sense of giving back, it’s really giving forward.”  

A variety of naming opportunities at the HSEC  ranging from $25,000 to $20 million  remain available. For a tour of the facility or more information, contact Carrie Albers of the University of Minnesota Foundation at 612-626-8481 or albersc@umn.edu.      

Published on October 15, 2019

Lead photo: University President Joan Gabel (center) toured the in-progress Health Sciences Education Center during her September inauguration week. (Photo: Eric Miller)

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Screenshot of the HSEC being constructed

View a time-lapse video of the construction.