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Nursing Education Building


When Medical College of Virginia President William T. Sanger began his campus expansion in the late 1920s, he set as his highest priority the construction of a nurses’ home and dormitory. To Sanger it was important that the “nursing students should be as well housed as we would expect our daughters to be.” Within 10 months, Sanger had raised the money for this new facility that was named in honor of Sadie Heath Cabaniss, founder of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. Cabaniss Hall, later the Nursing Education Building, served as a dormitory, classroom, laboratory, and research facility for both nursing students and faculty members for more than 75 years.