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Construction starts on FMU Health and Sciences Complex

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - More growth is expected for the city of Florence and Francis Marion University.

The new health and sciences building is going up in downtown Florence.

“We think when this opens in the fall of 2016 our Health Sciences Complex will have somewhere between 60 to 100 students,” said Tucker Mitchell, FMU spokesman.

Those students who will be enrolled at the school will be educated in five of the FMU health care programs.

Also, third- and fourth-year medical students from the University of South Carolina will also study inside the space.

Those students will take courses to get them ready for careers as nurse educators, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologist, just to name a few.

The school is working on adding a couple of more programs that will be offered inside of the 50,000-square-foot building.

“Two that are both in the works are a health care administration program, also much needed,” Mitchell added.

The second is a therapy special program.

The Francis Marion University Heath and Sciences building has been in the works for more than six years, but we started seeing those plans come to life about two years ago.

WMBF News walked you through every step of this project up to the point of the construction happening now at the corner of Irby West Evans Streets, from the proposed demolition of a nearly century-old building, to the fallout that demolition created.

Right now, contractors are now on site working to build that two story $15 million state-of-the-art facility.

“South Carolina and the Pee Dee are so poorly served when it comes to nurse practitioners…more of all kinds are needed. So the hope is we bring them to school here. They get to love and learn this area they see the need here when they become fully accredited practitioners then they will stay here and practice in this area,” Mitchell said.

The project isn't only about meeting the need for more health care workers in the Pee Dee it's also about helping grow downtown Florence.

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