TALLADEGA, Ala. — The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind will break ground on a $1.3 million nursing center.

The 5,000-square-foot facility will break ground in Talladega in August and is designed to enhance health care services for students on AIDB’s campuses, Al.com reported . The center is planned to include three hospital bedrooms, a nursing station, waiting area and administrative space.

The center is expected to be completed early next year.

AIDB serves 24,500 individuals statewide and provides full-time nursing and health care to approximately 2,000 children and adults on the Talladega campuses. They include the Alabama School for the Blind, the Alabama School for the Deaf, the Helen Keller School, the E. H. Gentry Center and Alabama Industries for the Blind.

AIDB president John Mascia said the center is needed because of some previous accessibility issues on the third floor at the Dowling Center health care building.

“We are thrilled that our new facility will be a great front door into the comprehensive health care services we provide for our students,” Mascia said.

The school’s AIDB Foundation has raised $1.15 million toward the project, according to school officials. The school is still working to raise the full amount.

School officials said the center will serve as a “mini hospital” while other services will still be provided at the Dowling Center.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.