Thompson Announces $500,000 in Federal Funding for St. Francis University

Press Release

Date: June 2, 2022

U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) today announced that Saint Francis University will receive $500,000 in federal funding to support renovations, expansions, and replacement of outdated learning spaces and technology for the University's Health Science facilities.

"Saint Francis University's Health Science department plays an important role in providing qualified nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists to our region," Rep. Thompson said. "This investment in the school of Health Sciences will ensure our students receive the best education to prepare them for a successful future in the health care industry."

The federal funding will be used to continue the renovations and expansion of the University's Health Science facilities. It will replace outdated learning spaces and technology with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

As the health care industry continues to modernize, this funding will support the continued success of the University's Health Sciences programs. Updating these facilities will provide significant opportunities for current and future health care students and attract and retain top talent in the region.

"Congressman Thompson recognizes that allied health care is the single largest employing industry in Cambria County and the Southern Alleghenies region. As such, he has been a staunch supporter of the University's ongoing mission to help develop a health care workforce that meets the needs of our region and beyond. The Occupational Therapy building project is another other key part of this effort, and it reflects our continued commitment to providing students with modern learning spaces and simulated clinical spaces where they can practice and hone their skills. We are so grateful for Congressman Thompson's hard work to help make this project a reality," said Father Malachi Van Tassell, St. Francis University President.

"Congressman Thompson's continued support with this building project is so very much appreciated. The construction of this building will prepare the Occupational Therapists of tomorrow with the cutting-edge equipment and approach to health care education. This space will also enable other departments in the School of Health Sciences and Education to continue to hone interdisciplinary skills to enable them to provide their patients with the best holistic care possible," said Dr. Donald Walkovich MS, OTR/l,FAOTA, St. Francis University Health Science and Education Dean.