Governor Kathy Hochul and St. John’s University today announced the grand opening of the $106 million St. John’s University Health Sciences Center, a new 70,000 square foot energy-efficient academic building with classrooms, laboratories, simulation facilities, offices, collaborative spaces and outdoor terraces. The new Health Sciences Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2024 and will be the permanent home of St. John’s University’s new undergraduate nursing program. The Health Sciences Center is supported by a $5 million New York State Higher Education Matching Grant from the New York State Dormitory Authority and a $700,000 grant for the development of the Empire State of the XI round of the initiative of the Regional Economic Development Council.
“For the past two years, nurses in New York City have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we owe each of them a debt of gratitude,” Governor Hochul said. “This new, state-of-the-art health science center at St. John’s University will be crucial in nurturing the next generation of New York’s best and brightest nurses, ensuring they are ready to step in and protect their fellow New Yorkers when they need it most.”
The Health Sciences Center will house classrooms, state-of-the-art simulation suites and modernized laboratory space. Simulation teaching is a key part of healthcare education, which is useful for teaching traditional clinical experiences. St. John’s University will use simulation components to refine students’ disciplinary knowledge using acute care patient scenarios.
During the simulation, clinical situations will be reproduced in a controlled learning environment using mannequins, standardized patients or by virtual means to allow students to apply their knowledge and skills without risking the safety of patients. What-if scenarios are designed to encourage students to assess and manage patients, identify and prioritize patient issues, and perform key interventions for effective patient care in a safe environment.
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the need for adequate nursing staffing, which is crucial to ensuring access to quality health care for all New Yorkers. New York State’s investment in St. John’s University’s state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center reflects our strategic focus on workforce development and underscores New York’s commitment to strengthen our health care system. The new Health Sciences Center will create 21st century jobs by creating a pipeline of nurses in the region that will help meet a critical need across the state.
The inauguration of the Health Sciences Center coincides with International Nurses Day, which highlights the importance of the nursing profession.
When complete, the new facility will allow St. John’s University to train student nurses with the most innovative training tools and techniques available. Applications for the University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing are now being accepted and preparations are underway for the first cohort of students to begin classes in August. The new undergraduate nursing program is expected to produce approximately 125 nursing graduates per year.
State Senator Leroy Comrie said: “This grand opening is a glorious way to celebrate International Nurses Day, honor St. John’s University’s commitment to our community, and mark this beginning for the countless future nurses who will be expertly trained in this new Health Sciences Center. I am grateful to Governor Hochul, and my colleagues across government, for seeing the wisdom of New York’s multi-year investment to make this Health Sciences Center a reality. J look forward to continuing to partner with St. John’s to improve education, health and our shared community.
Assemblyman David I. Weprin said: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have relied on our hospitals and frontline healthcare workers to support us and sacrifice for our well-being. I had the honor of attending the groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the new Health Sciences Center at St. John’s University. is an essential investment in our health care training and community infrastructure. On this International Nurses Day, I am proud to support our current and future healthcare heroes.
New York City Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Winston Fisher, Partner at Fisher Brothers, and Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, CUNY Chancellor, said: “Investing in our workforce is an important priority for regional councils and the pandemic has emphasized the need to expand the talent pool of qualified nurses. NYREDC is proud to support the Science Center of Health at St. John’s University, which will be an important long-term investment in future health care workers that will expand our nursing workforce with well-paying jobs while growing the state’s economy.”
St. John’s University President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, OP said: “Nursing is not just a job or a career, it is a calling – a true call to service – the kind of compassionate service that is at the heart of the transformative Catholic and Vincentian mission of a St. John’s. Today, with a major investment and increased commitment to health sciences, St. John’s is helping to answer that call. »
In the enacted budget for fiscal year 2023, Governor Hochul made a historic multi-year investment of $20 billion to create better working conditions for healthcare workers, with $1.2 billion earmarked for worker bonuses frontline healthcare and a $4.5 billion investment in payments reform. Other notable investments include $2.4 billion for health infrastructure improvements and $3.9 billion in funding to provide relief to hospitals in financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Governor Hochul announced the Nurses For Our Future scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition for 1,000 new or current healthcare workers to earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at a public college or university in the state. from New York for two or four years.