LI Herald: Molloy breaks ground on nursing center

By Alex Costello

On June 17, Molloy College broke ground on the latest addition to its expanding campus, the Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing.

The new building will house Molloy's Nursing Division, as well as additional classrooms and meeting areas for students. It will have specially designed nursing laboratories, a computer lab, a "telepresence" room, simulation rooms and a healing garden.

College officials and members of Barbara Hagan’s family broke ground on the new facility. "Over the last 10 years, college enrollment has increased by 80 percent, but instructional space has increased by only 18 percent," Molloy President Dr. Drew Bogner said in a release. "It is clear that in order for us to continue to grow and thrive, we must add more teaching and learning space to the campus footprint. This will enable us to offer additional academic opportunities and provide a richer campus experience for all of our students."

The funding for the new building was generated by a capital campaign the college began last June. It raised much of the $24 million for the construction through alumni and friends of the school.

The building will honor the late Barbara H. Hagan, a lifelong nurse who, according to the school, was extremely proud of her profession. She believed that nursing was a calling for those who wanted to do more than just provide medicine for people, and always tried to improve her patients' quality of life. She was posthumously awarded an honorary degree at Molloy's commencement ceremony last month.

The nursing center is the fourth new building on the campus in recent years, following the student center, the Madison Theatre and Fitzgerald Hall, the college's first residence hall.

"We are proud to be one of the most successful nursing programs in the United States," said Dr. Jeannine Muldoon, dean of the college's Division of Nursing. "The new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to provide even greater educational opportunities to our students and, ultimately, to their patients."

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