NEWS | October 16, 2017

Hundreds turn out for Betty Irene Moore Hall grand opening celebration


More than 500 people gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of Betty Irene Moore Hall at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

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School of Nursing Dean Heather M. Young kicks off the Betty Irene Moore Hall grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.

The celebration began with a ribbon cutting led by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, Interim Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences Thomas Nesbitt and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and School of Nursing Founding Dean Heather M. Young.

“This new home for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and health sciences education is a learning space unlike any other at UC Davis,” May said. “We don’t want passive students who just take in information and regurgitate it. We want active learners with a quest to make a difference in health care."

Following the ceremony, attendees toured the three-story building and experienced a variety of interactive demonstrations. The 70-thousand-square-foot, $50 million academic facility, located at Y Street and Second Avenue, is home to the School of Nursing and supports interprofessional health sciences education. Betty Irene Moore Hall features collaborative learning spaces rather than traditional classrooms. State-of-the-art simulation suites engage students through interactive learning platforms and further the school’s capacity to advance health and transform health care. It also provides flexible spaces needed to prepare future health professionals in nursing, medicine, health informatics, public health and more.

“Creating a building like Betty Irene Moore Hall does not and did not happen in a vacuum. We knew early on that in order for the functionality of the building to meet our needs, we needed an involved, interactive and inclusive process from the beginning,” Young added. “I want to thank the many stakeholders who attended our community forums and town halls to give input into what this new health sciences education building should be and who it should serve.”

The building advances UC Davis’ innovative use of and national recognition for clinical simulation. It features simulation labs where clinical scenarios play out on one side and debriefing rooms on the other side provide an environment to discuss the actions and decisions taken during the simulation. Students also develop clinical skills in an inpatient, eight-bed hospital ward, task training lab, a 15-room primary care clinic and a one-bedroom apartment home health simulation suite.

“As you look around the area we are in today, particularly for people who have not been here in a while, you can see the transformation of this area of Sacramento to a vibrant health sciences campus,” Nesbitt said. “We are on a mission to let Sacramento, the region and the nation know that UC Davis Health is home to expert clinical care, innovative research and unparalleled education.”

The building is named for Betty Irene Moore, who, for more than a decade, has been an advocate for patients and families, a champion of nursing and a pioneer for improving health care. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing was founded in 2009 with a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Currently, the school offers five graduate degrees through the interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. The school opened in 2010 with 33 students and full enrollment of about 420 students is expected by 2022. Click here to watch the grand opening video.

To learn more about Betty Irene Moore Hall, click here. For more information on the School of Nursing, visit