(DALLAS) – Efforts to address our region’s healthcare shortage were boosted recently through an infusion of $780,000 in state funding awarded to Misericordia University through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Karen Boback.
Misericordia University has been working to expand its health sciences programs and increase learning and research opportunities for students and faculty for several years. In 2021, officials dedicated Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center, which offers a mix of modern classroom space, cutting-edge technologies, and state-of-the-art laboratories. This grant will be used to continue renovations, bringing the campus’ science facilities into the 21st century and creating Pennsylvania’s next generation of nurses, clinicians, therapists, and technicians.
“Through this project, Misericordia University will graduate well-educated, workforce-ready students into high-demand health care professions,” said Misericordia University President Daniel Myers. “Misericordia plays a key role in the Back Mountain area and the broader northeastern Pennsylvania region, working to improve the quality of life and contribute to a vibrant community. We are grateful for the recognition and advocacy of Senator Baker and Representative Boback and all of our local legislators.”
“As employee turnover, fatigue, and retirements continue to strain our healthcare system, new options to attract students to enter these health care preparatory programs is critical,” Senator Baker said. “Misericordia University has a record of sustained excellence and serves as an economic anchor for our community. The tremendous innovation and growth we continue to witness on campus helps to improve our workforce and attract new businesses to the area.”
“Misericordia University continues to offer high-quality programs in the health sciences, addressing the critical shortage of health care professionals in our region and across the Commonwealth,” said Representative Boback. “These improvements will enable administrators to keep their learning facilities appealing to prospective students, who will frequent businesses in the surrounding community and help to sustain the local economy.”
RACP is a grant program supporting the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.
Senator Baker – Kate Flessner firstname.lastname@example.org 717-787-7428
Representative Boback – Andy Briggs email@example.com 717-260-6474