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President Ashish Vaidya and Governor Matt Bevin cut the ribbon for the Health Innovation Center.
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October 17, 2018– Northern Kentucky University officially dedicated the Health Innovation Center (HIC) on October 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

President Ashish Vaidya welcomed Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO Garren Colvin to join him in dedicating the university’s newest building. NKU Board of Regents’ Chair Lee Scheben, members of the Kentucky General Assembly, and other state and local dignitaries were also on hand for the ceremony.

The state-of-the-art technology and learning centers–including the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center–make the HIC one of the largest and most comprehensive health professions buildings in the country.

“The Health Innovation Center transforms how we educate and train the next generation of health care professionals with an interdisciplinary approach to addressing our population health challenges. I see it as the nexus of talent, innovation and community development,” said President Vaidya. “A project of this scope doesn’t happen with one institution. It takes everyone making a commitment to improve education and health outcomes in the region. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment from our state legislature, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, local leaders and other community partners.”

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The $105 million project is home to NKU’s College of Health Professions and the Institute for Health Innovation. The Kentucky General Assembly allocated $97 million toward the construction of the HIC.

“We are proud to join Northern Kentucky University to celebrate the dedication of this new state-of-the-art Health Innovation Center,” said Gov. Bevin. “This project represents a unique collaboration between NKU, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and other key regional partners. The Health Innovation Center will provide premier education and training opportunities for students, while strengthening Kentucky’s future workforce and positively impacting the health of our citizens.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. St. Elizabeth also invested to support the Institute for Health Innovation Executive Director position.


“St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to partner with NKU on the Health Innovation Center’s Simulation Lab. The Health Innovation Center will help build a more robust workforce to meet the unmet needs of our healthcare community. One of the most exciting aspects of the Health Innovation Center is the new, cross-functional educational experience for students that will undoubtedly produce outstanding healthcare leaders and providers of the future,” said Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO.

The Health Innovation Center–designed by CO Architects– is the first new academic building constructed on NKU’s campus since Griffin Hall, home to the College of Informatics, opened in October 2011.

The project took three years to complete and included building the HIC and renovating Founders Hall, the second-oldest academic building at NKU. In addition to the Institute for Health Innovation and the College of Health Professions, the building is home to the Political Science/Criminal Justice/Organizational Leadership Department, the Honors College, Wellness, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Integrative Studies and the Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity. To learn more about the HIC, click here.

About NKU Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit