School of Nursing Opens New Hi-Tech Wing

April 24, 2006

The University of Rochester School of Nursing will dedicate the new Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall Friday, April 28, with a series of events, including a symposium, ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala banquet.

The new wing is part of an $8.1 million expansion and renovation project that will help the School of Nursing increase student enrollment substantially, boost technological capabilities and enhance research.

Patricia Chiverton, Ed.D, R.N., F.N.A.P., dean of the School of Nursing, has called the new wing “a truly historic moment in the long history of this School.”

“The new wing means we can teach and train more nurses and more nurse leaders at the master’s and doctoral level, which ultimately means better patient care,” Chiverton said. “But it also means we will have more opportunities for unique programs and for taking business ideas to the marketplace.” 

The new wing is named for Dean Emerita Loretta “Lee” Ford, internationally known for creating the profession of the Nurse Practitioner. Ford led the School from 1972 to 1986. Dedication day appropriately will open with a symposium on the Nurse Practitioner movement, Rochester’s role as a leader in the movement and trends in the profession. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the new wing and continues until noon. Helen Wood Hall is located at 255 Crittenden Blvd.

After a special lunch for invited guests, the ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. In addition to Dean Chiverton and Dean Ford, speakers include: Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester; C. McCollister “Mac” Evarts, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs and Medical Center CEO; and Bob Hurlbut, chairman of the Future of Care Campaign that raised funds for the expansion. U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter also will participate.

A banquet celebrating the new wing will be held at Casa Larga Vineyards in the town of Perinton. More than 200 people are expected to attend. At the banquet, the School will present its Health and Humanity Award to Johnson & Johnson Co. for its “Campaign for Nursing’s Future,” a national effort to attract more people into nursing and to develop more nursing educators.

The Ford wing is a 28,000-square-foot expansion of the School that includes four spacious classrooms, an auditorium that can seat 170 people, a seminar room and atrium. The wing’s wireless and smart classroom technology and video conferencing capability will facilitate student learning. Much of the first floor of Helen Wood Hall also was renovated as part of the $8.1 million project.

Speakers at the symposium include: Julie A. Fairman, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., chair of the graduate faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Joan E. Lynaugh, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., director emerita of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania; Carolyn A. Williams, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.. dean of the University of Kentucky School of Nursing; and Daryl Sharp, R.N. Ph.D., C.S., N.P.P., coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Program of  the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

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