The Linda S. Holmes Student Wellness Center opened in 2019 just across Hal Greer Blvd. from the Marshall University Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital. The 4,200-square-foot center features five study rooms, group meeting space and a large gathering room. The center also houses the school’s student affairs and financial aid offices. The center is designed to provide a safe, convenient relaxation space for medical students when they need to take a break from studying to relax and decompress. The large gathering room is a great hang out space where students can shoot pool, play board games or watch a movie.
The Student Wellness Center is part of many strategic initiatives at the School of Medicine aimed at promoting the mental and physical wellness of our students, including teaching students healthy ways to manage stress and promote resiliency.
Marshall School of Medicine alumnus R. Mark Hatfield, M.D., O.D., (’83) and his wife, Mrs. Monica J.W. Hatfield, generously donated the funds to support the renovation of the Student Wellness Center and opted to name it in honor of their friend, Linda S. Holmes. Holmes, who has served as director of development and alumni affairs at the School of Medicine for more than 20 years. Holmes has devoted her career to the students and alumni of Marshall University. Prior to joining the School of Medicine in 1998, she served as assistant director of athletics and head volleyball and softball coach from 1976 to 1984. She then led the Marshall University Alumni Association as executive director from 1984 to 1998.