Saint Francis University (SFU), Loretto, PA, held a ceremonial ground breaking on July 28 for its $20 million Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons.

One of the oldest Catholic, Franciscan institutions of higher education in the country, SFU has more than 2,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is nationally recognized for its academic programs in business, health care, science and the humanities.

Schultz & Williams relationship with SFU spans back to 2003. Over the past 15 years, SFU has prioritized numerous strategic initiatives that have allowed the University to evolve with the changing times. The University’s Called to Serve: Fulfilling the Promise capital campaign was successfully concluded in 2016 and raised $39.6 million from public and private sources for the launch of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and the University’s new Science Center. Along with other needed renovations to the campus, the funds also contributed to the renovation of one of the University’s oldest buildings, Schwab Hall, housing the Shields School of Business.

As part of its strategic modernization efforts, SFU is now bringing its health science programs under one roof, including new Physical and Occupational Therapy Labs, a Physician Assistant Teaching Lab, a Nursing Skills Lab, as well as new and revitalized classrooms and office space. Construction began on the Commons in April 2018 and is expected to open in July 2019. This initiative is responding to the fact that the health care sector is the largest and fastest growing industry in central Pennsylvania. Leadership has chosen to respond to the professional interests of its student body and the demands of a changing workforce by launching capital campaigns to further invest in its health sciences programming.

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