DALLAS – Efforts to address the region’s health care workforce shortage were boosted recently through an infusion of $780,000 in state funding awarded to Misericordia University through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) and Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming).
Misericordia University has been working to expand its health sciences programs and increase learning and research opportunities for students and faculty for several years. In 2021, officials dedicated the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center, which offers a mix of modern classroom space, cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art laboratories. The RACP grant will be used to continue renovations, bringing the school’s science facilities into the 21st century and creating Pennsylvania’s next generation of nurses, clinicians, therapists and technicians.
“Through this project, Misericordia University will graduate well-educated, workforce-ready students into high-demand health care professions,” said Misericordia University President Daniel Myers. “Misericordia plays a key role in the Back Mountain area and the broader northeastern Pennsylvania region, working to improve the quality of life and contribute to a vibrant community. We are grateful for the recognition and advocacy of Senator Baker and Representative Boback, and all of our local legislators.”
“As employee turnover, fatigue and retirements continue to strain our health care system, new options to attract students to enter these health care preparatory programs is critical,” Baker said. “Misericordia University has a record of sustained excellence and serves as an economic anchor for our community. The tremendous innovation and growth we continue to witness on campus helps to improve our workforce and attract new businesses to the area.”
“Misericordia University continues to offer high-quality programs in the health sciences, addressing the critical shortage of health care professionals in our region and across the Commonwealth,” said Boback. “These improvements will enable administrators to keep their learning facilities appealing to prospective students, who will frequent businesses in the surrounding community and help to sustain the local economy.”
RACP is a grant program supporting the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation.
Sen. Baker – Kate Flessner email@example.com 717-787-7428
Rep. Boback – Andy Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org 717-260-6474