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Sullivan Hall Renovation & Expansion Project

Originally opened in 1962, Sullivan Hall is poised to undergo an ambitious reinvention. When completed, our health science majors will no longer be scattered across campus, rather they will be together in this state-of-the-art facility.

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      Phase 1

    • Sullivan Facade

      Phase 2 Future Home of the School of Health Sciences (Facade design by Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects & Planners)

    • Phase 1

    • Phase 2 Future Home of the School of Health Sciences (Facade design by Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects & Planners)

  • The Capital Campaign for
    the School of Health Sciences

    The Sullivan Hall Expansion and Renovation project, which will be the future home of the School of Health Sciences, continues to gain momentum thanks to your support.

    • Phase One: a 10,000 square foot addition, the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons 
    • Phase Two: complete renovation of Sullivan Hall to house all the disciplines within the School of Health Sciences
  • Support Phase Two 

    We need you to become that someone for these talented future healthcare professionals. To help move the second phase of this project forward, the renovation of Sullivan Hall contact: Robert Crusciel '86, Vice President for Advancement at rcrusciel@francis.edu or 814-472-3021.  If you know a student who might be interested in pursuing a major in the health sciences, please encourage them to schedule a visit.

  • Phase One: Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons (beginning Spring 2018)

    In Spring 2018, construction will begin on a new 10,000 square foot addition behind Sullivan Hall and connected to the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness. This new structure will provide much needed classroom, laboratory and clinical education space to instruct students enrolled in the health science programs. Key features of this new structure are the creation of a larger, enhanced simulation center, nursing skills lab, and the addition of a simulated apartment. This added space will provide an ideal environment to conduct interdisciplinary simulation. 

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  • Highlights of the New Commons

    A.  Simulation Center. Five state-of-the-art simulation suites will be incorporated into the design to include a mock Emergency Room, Intensive Care Room, Patient Room, Maternity Room, and Exam Room. The suites have the ability to be utilized simultaneously and will feature computer controlled mannequins and two-way audio-video conferencing. The Center will support training of all current and future health science programs. It will use an inter-professional approach by bringing students from a variety of fields together for collaborative learning, In addition, regional EMS and health care professional will have the opportunity to take advantage of the simulation center for continuing education.

    B.  Nursing Skills Lab. This 800-square-foot space will facilitate learning by providing the faculty and students with the setting, models, equipment, and supplies necessary to learn hands-on clinical skills, the delivery of patient care, and the prioritization of patient care through clinical exposure, feedback and evaluation in a safe environment.

    C.  Simulation Apartment.  This state-of-the-art simulated living space will afford students with the opportunity to problem solve aspects of patient care in a home setting. Featuring a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, this simulated apartment will provide Occupational Therapy students ( in addition to other majors) with a better understand of the challenges of delivering care to patients with limited abilities, thus improving their capability to live independently.

    D.  Additional Classroom and Cadaver Lab. The university will expand the on-site cadaver lab to accommodate eight cadavers to provide hands-on human anatomical education to Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Sciences students.

    E.  Existing DiSepio Institute Structure. Continuing the commitment to provide residents of the surrounding region with healthcare services, students and faculty will now have direct access to community members looking for rehabilitation and health education services.

  • This ambitious multi-phase project will benefit students in all of the Health Science disciplines:

    Phase 1 of the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons was partially funded by a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Fundraising is underway for the larger portion of the project to reinvent Sullivan Hall. 

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