The ability of nursing students to learn by doing will be elevated when a 5,000-square foot simulation hospital is built adjacent to McPherson Hall, home to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. 

Private donors initiated the $6 million project after learning of the need. 

According to Kathleen Flannery, vice president for University Advancement and president and CEO of the PSU Foundation, it aligns with the university’s strategic plan and will help to meet the continued demand for nursing graduates. 

The project will accommodate cohorts of 120 students; currently, there are 90. 

“We’re beyond excited about the opportunities, experiences, and education this will provide our students to prepare them for patient care,” said Cheryl Giefer, director of the School of Nursing. 

The initial donor, John U. Parolo, of Croweburg, Kansas, died last February at age 94. A graduate of Northeast-Arma High School, he served in the 13th Armored Division during the European Theater of World War II. Wounded in 1945 near Cologne, Germany, he was awarded the Purple Heart, ETO Ribbon, and two Bronze Service Stars. As a civilian, he worked as a machinist for McNally Manufacturing in Pittsburg and The Boeing Company in Wichita for nearly 40 years before retiring in Croweburg. The gift was made by the John U. Parolo Education Trust which was established following Parolo’s death.  

Other donors wish to remain anonymous at this time. 

“We will have an ongoing fundraising effort, the Caring Society, to provide an opportunity for others to also support this endeavor,” Flannery said.