Foundation gives $400,000 for USM nursing building

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The South Mississippi Home Health Foundation has given $400,000 to help build a nursing building at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The university has now raised more than $6 million of its $8 million goal for Asbury Hall, named in honor of a $4 million donation given by Hattiesburg's Asbury Foundation.

The building, now under construction on the western edge of campus, is scheduled for completion by summer 2016. USM plans a formal groundbreaking on Sept. 19.

The university says its current nursing facility is too small and outmoded.

South Mississippi Home Health Foundation gave an additional $215,000 to establish scholarships and support the USM's College of Nursing.

Founded in 1987, the foundation is funded by donations from Deaconess HomeCare and Hospice employees in Mississippi and by investment income.

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