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University of Dubuque to Construct Health Center for Students

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The Iowa-based University of Dubuque will soon have its own on-campus health center, the university announced on Tuesday.

The Smeltzer-Kelly Health Center, named after the parents of undergraduate student resources advisor, Barbara Smeltzer and her husband, Jack, who donated $500,000 for the construction of the building, will have outpatient and preventative medical care services for physical and brain health.

“I’ve always been one who has liked to do things for people and help people,” Jack said in a statement. “This is a golden opportunity for us to do that. What better thing can we do than to provide students a place for medical care? And we do love the students.”

The Smeltzers have also pledged to provide an estate gift to endow operation of the university health center.

The construction of the center, which is estimated to cost $1.1 million, will start this summer and is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2020.

The 2,400-square-feet center, located near the intersection of Grace and Algona streets, will include two examination rooms, three mental health offices, a waiting area, a procedure room, office space, and telehealthcare access.

“The health center will provide some immediate care and diagnosis and peace of mind for the students as well as for their families,” Barbara said. “I hope it is something that will live into the future and benefit students for many years.”

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