Governor Okey Patteson

West Virginia University invites you to join us in dedicating the Health Sciences Auditorium to honor the West Virginia Governor who led the effort to create the original Medical Center and locate it on the WVU campus in Morgantown. Governor Okey Patteson was the key proponent of the soft-drink tax that supported construction of the first buildings on campus and continues to fund much of our educational and research effort.

The room will be named the Okey Patteson Auditorium. This auditorium was a part of the original 1950s plan for the Health Sciences building, and was recently renovated to meet the needs of 21st century students. Patteson family members plan to be present for the ceremony.

As a part of the celebration, a group of WVU health professionals and students will dramatize the impact the HSC has on the healthcare of West Virginians - and the size and scope of the "team" behind each patient's care.

Former WVU Football Coach Don Nehlen, who had heart surgery at WVU earlier this year and is still a patient in cardiac rehabilitation, will be present to introduce his health care team.