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New name, new donation for new health science center

It's not scheduled to open until later this spring, but the new health science center in downtown Evansville has another new name, and a new gift.

It's now called the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, named after the family who donated $15 million.

This new addition to downtown now has its third different name its going by, just a few weeks after it was changed. But for those who made this center happen, and who will work in it, it's more about will happen in the classrooms inside this building.

'What's in a name?

"For some time, the working name was a mouthful," says University of Evansville President Dr. Tom Kazee.

The new center, now has another new name: the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.

"It makes it much easier, much simpler to say, very accurate," says Kyle Kiesel, director of the physical therapy department at Univ. of Evansville.

It's named after William and Mary Stone, both Evansville natives. The money will support health science programs developed here. William Stone founded, and is the CEO of Connecticut-based SS&C Technologies. It's more than about the name for him, it's about collaboration, and about making it a center for world class health education.

"The ability to collaborate may put Evansville on the map as far as the best practices in educating health care professionals. Whenever we are sick or hurt, we want to see a health care professional, and we want to see a competent one," Stone says.

For Kiesel, it's not about what's outside, it's about what can be done inside.

"We have over 5,000 square feet, so we got space, equipment, technology to be able to educate our students, it triples the space we have now, we're really excited about it," he says.

Kiesel also tells us the Stone Family Center's already helping bring more students in to his program.

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(This story was originally published on May 4, 2018)


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