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Gannon Magazine: New Floor, New Possibilities

Published: 12/01/2022

Gannon University study space and patio, on the third floor of the Academic Building overlooking the rest of campus.

Gannon University study space and patio, on the third floor of the Academic Building overlooking the rest of campus.

What was just an idea two years ago became a reality on the Ruskin Campus in September when the Academic Building's new third floor was formally dedicated and blessed.

Read more in the new edition of Gannon Magazine.

More than 100 Gannon and Ruskin community members gathered to celebrate the completion of this $3.9 million investment, which Sarah Ewing, Ph.D., dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, described as “a continuation of our visionary plan to deliver practical and hands-on learning environments that educate students to become highly skilled professionals who meet the evolving needs of today’s health care industry.” The intentional design of the third floor incorporates student and employee input to deliver an enhanced, holistic experience and provide meaningful community resources.

“The hard work of our faculty and staff, and the success of our students has positioned Gannon as a leader in health care education that is recognized for innovation in treatment and delivery of care, but also in developing a strong network of practitioners worldwide who are well-rounded professionals making a difference in the lives of their patients every day,” said Keith Taylor, Ph.D., Gannon president.

New opportunities in the floor’s laboratories are transcending this recognition by deepening students’ career readiness to confidently enter the field and immediately create positive impact.

These industry-grade facilities include an Anatomy Lab, Rehabilitation Sciences Lab and a Medical Exam Teaching Lab for pediatric and neurorehabilitation. A Patient Simulation Center, equipped with four high-fidelity patient simulators and a multi-patient skills lab, is a highlight of this floor that creates cross-disciplinary learning and resources for the Ruskin community.

“This space’s capability to allow me to grow as a student is expansive,” said Teanna Parisio, second-year occupational therapy doctoral student. “Innovative technology to simulate real-life health care situations will not only equip me with the resources to provide care during real-time events but will also facilitate a great learning environment and empower Gannon students with the skills to serve our community.

Read more in the new edition of Gannon Magazine.

All media inquiries can be made by contacting Haley Figurski, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, at 814-823-1886.