U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released $8,840,913 to the University of Alabama for construction of its Health Services Facility. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding in the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
“Many of Alabama’s children and elderly live in our rural communities and need local access to well trained medical professionals,” said Shelby. “In the event of an emergency, it is important that quality health care is available locally. The UA Health Services Facility will enable rural health educators to be housed in close proximity to one another, allowing them to share research and ideas on the important task of bringing quality health care to our citizens living in rural areas.”
The University of Alabama will construct a 70,000 square foot interdisciplinary health services building that will house a variety of health care disciplines to educate entry-level professionals who will provide medical services in rural Alabama.