PNWU gets $8 million pledge for Yakima campus expansion

Funds will go toward building a Student Collaborative Building
Pacific Northwest University Of Health Sciences Yakima
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Multicare Health System has pledged $8 million to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to help improve healthcare access in medically underserved communities.

YAKIMA, Wash.  — MultiCare Health System has pledged $8 million to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to help improve healthcare access in medically underserved communities.

“Pacific Northwest University is an important partner in ensuring communities across the Pacific Northwest have access to the health care services they need,” said Bill Robertson, MultiCare president and CEO, in a news release. “We are proud to support their work to ensure students interested in health careers get the right training to prepare them for the future.”

PNWU plans to use the money to expand its Yakima campus by adding a Student Collaborative Building, a space where medical students from different disciplines can learn how to collaborate.

“It prepares them to essentially move seamlessly into that real world setting where that’s the sort of work that they’re going to be doing,” said Paul Bubluski, Assistant Director of Content at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. “It also expands our capability to add more programs to our campus.”

Bubluski said the new building will support current and future health sciences programs. He said it will also help to better train future generations of doctors who will be able to help patients in rural, underserved areas.

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