Pictured left to right: Wesley College Nursing Student Rebecca Zimmermann, Governor Jack Markell, Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey, Wesley President Dr. William N. Johnston, Wesley Board of Trustee Chair Robert V.A. Harra, Wesley Nursing Department Chair Dr. Robert Contino, Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy and Wesley College Nursing Student Frank Friorella.
It took more than a quick snap of the scissors to make the new Health Sciences Building a reality, it took vision, collaboration and years of planning to secure the 36,000 square-foot former Federal building at no cost to the College.
On March 6 more than 150 people celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for Wesley’s new building located at 300 South New Street including Governor Jack Markell, Regional Administrator for U.S. GSA Mid-Atlantic Region Sara Manzano-Diaz, state and local dignitaries, Wesley College Board of Trustee members, and others.
“This facility is a true test of the collaborative efforts of the Federal, State and Local Government, as well as tremendous community support,” said Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston. “With the gift of the building and with the generous contributions of so many toward the renovations, we are extremely grateful to be in this wonderful facility debt free.” The former Frear Federal building, a multi-million dollar value, was presented to the College in the summer of 2012.
On hand to speak was Governor Jack Markell who praised Dr. Johnston’s leadership and extensive efforts to make the project a reality. “Building this facility will help Delaware in so many ways including training much needed medical personnel and helping businesses find local qualified healthcare professionals.”
Having long outgrown the 5,000 square-foot location on campus, the nursing department now has room to grow and the College plans to develop new health science programs to match current needs. Previously squeezed into one classroom, the new building houses four smart classrooms with the latest technology for Wesley students. In addition, the clinical lab space has more than tripled.
Opened for classes in January, the new building is ideally located a few blocks from the main campus and right near the hospital. Click here to view photos from the event on our flickr page.