On June 2, 1999, United States Senator Robert C. Byrd dedicated the Marshall University Center for Rural Health. Constructed with federal funding secured by Byrd, the Center for Rural Health serves as the base for Marshall's rural medicine outreach programs, which directly affect more than half of West Virginia's counties.
The center also houses an ultra-modern learning technology center which is used to support rural providers. In addition, the center contains an auditorium and teleconferencing center, the health sciences library and administrative offices of the School of Medicine.
Byrd secured $4.5 million in federal funding for the Center for Rural Health, as well as $2.45 million for the University Physicians Center. The two centers make up the Marshall University Medical Center, which is part of the Cabell-Huntington Hospital health sciences campus .