University students pursuing health science careers are one-step closer to
having a new interdisciplinary space in which to practice real-world healthcare
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.