Feb 20, 2014 2:30 AM by Zach Thaxton
Dozens of dignitaries celebrated the ceremonial grand opening of the Lane Center for Academic Health Science on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Wednesday evening. The $18.5 million facility is the first UCCS building to open along the rapidly-developing urban renewal stretch of North Nevada Avenue, promises to be a one-stop-shop for senior citizens needing various health treatments, and aims to recruit skilled medical professionals to the Colorado Springs area by providing rounds and residency for students in the University of Colorado Medical School. "It's a great opportunity to educate young physicians who really want to dedicate themselves to living in Colorado Springs and practicing in this community in the future," said Dr. Erik Wallace, Associate Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Colorado Springs Branch.
The Lane Center includes five clinics to be operated by UCCS and a sixth clinic for seniors operated by Peak Vista Community Health Centers. "Everyone who is providing services here is a faculty member and that means that they are, by definition, up on their game," said Dr. Sara Honn Qualls, a professor in the UCCS Department of Psychology. "They're teaching students and there's nothing that makes you stay on your toes like teaching students," Qualls said.