Saint Francis University, in Loretto, PA, has a rich history of “firsts.”

It is one of the country’s oldest Catholic universities and the oldest Franciscan college to be founded in the United States; it started the first physician assistant program, not associated with a medical school, in the country; and it recently launched a Masters in Cancer Care program—the first of its kind in the United States.

S&W’s partnership with Saint Francis University began in 2003, as the University was preparing to launch a $25 million capital campaign that included both renovation and new construction of three buildings on its campus: a new space for an Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, a new Science Center for the School of Sciences, and most recently, the renovation of one of the oldest buildings on campus, Schwab Hall, as the home to the Shields School of Business. This campaign exceeded expectations, raising more than $38 million.

We are continually impressed by this small but mighty university, which is why we are excited to once again partner with Saint Francis as it prepares for a new campaign to transform an existing building to house the School of Health Sciences.

The School of Health Sciences launched the Masters in Cancer Care program this fall, which will focus on rehabilitating cancer survivors after treatment. By combining forces in psychology, exercise physiology and physical therapy, Saint Francis University will train healthcare professionals to help cancer survivors regain physical, psychological and vocational functions after undergoing debilitating cancer treatments.

With more than 18 million expected cancer survivors in the U.S. in 2020, Schultz & Williams is grateful to continue our work with Saint Francis University, a truly inspirational partner.