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SFU Breaks Ground on New Health Sciences Addition

August 2, 2018 Tags: Alumni , Health Sciences and Education , University News

Members of the campus community pose for a photo during the July 28th groundbreaking. Right to Left: Jean (Payne) Rogers, board of trustees’ member; Rita Trofino, Nursing Department Chair; Madison Krug, Nursing major; Paul Sansone, Board of Trustees Member; the Rev. Malachi Van Tassell T.O.R. Ph.D., University President; the Rev. Richard Davis, Board of Trustees Chairman; Donald Walkovich, School of Health Sciences and Education Dean; Madison Maslonik, Nursing Major; Lisa Hartmann, Alumni Association President; and Bill Brennan, Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners Vice President.Saint Francis University students pursuing health science careers are one-step closer to having a new interdisciplinary space in which to practice real-world healthcare scenarios.

While construction for the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons began in early April, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held on Saturday, July 28th. The facility is expected to open by July 2019.

Phase one of the reinvention of Sullivan Hall is a 10,000 square-foot addition that will provide much-needed classroom, laboratory, and clinical education space to instruct students enrolled in health science programs.

“If you look at the goals of Franciscan higher education – whether we talk about a reverence for all life, respect for the goodness of humanity, or service to the poor and needy – you’ll see how the Franciscan goals align so appropriately with the health sciences and the project for which we break ground today,” said University President Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D.

Students enrolled in the Nursing, Physician Assistant Science, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Public Health programs will take advantage of the new addition.

“We all know that health care is constantly changing, and it’s not enough to just keep up with the times, we need to be ahead of the times, and this new facility will help us do that,” said Don Walkovich, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education.

Phase One of this campaign was partially funded by a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania along with a $2 million anonymous donation.

About the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons

A key feature of this new structure is the creation of a larger, enhanced simulation center, which will feature five state-of-the-art simulation suites. The suites have the ability to be utilized simultaneously and will feature computer-controlled mannequins and two-way audio-video conferencing.

The new building, designed by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners, will also include an 800 square-foot nursing skills lab. The lab will facilitate active learning by providing experiences through practice of hands-on patient care procedures in a safe environment.

Other highlights include a cadaver lab, additional classrooms and a simulated apartment where students can better understand the challenges of delivering interdisciplinary care to patients with limited abilities in their home environments.

Fundraising is currently underway for additional phases to reinvent Sullivan Hall. Learn more at francis.edu/Sullivan

Photo, L-R:  Jean (Payne) Rogers '82, board of trustees’ member; Rita Trofino, Nursing Department Chair; Madison Krug, Nursing major; Paul Sansone '88, Board of Trustees Member; the Rev. Malachi Van Tassell T.O.R. Ph.D., University President; the Rev. Richard Davis T.O.R. '74, Board of Trustees Chairman; Donald Walkovich, School of Health Sciences and Education Dean; Madison Maslonik, Nursing Major; Lisa Hartmann '85, Alumni Association President; and Bill Brennan, Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners Vice President.