Today Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 13

for her. I knew a lot of the faculty and I knew the quality of the program and also the environment of the University. When the position became available, it seemed like the perfect fit for me. The position was the right one for me at the right time. Healthcare and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy was just a natural fit. It makes really excellent healthcare providers in today’s ever-changing healthcare system. What will you miss most? What is your favorite memory as Dean? I’d have to say my favorite memories are the graduations, seeing the students come into the program and then leave us. My other favorite memory is hearing from students when they pass their licensing exam and become registered nurses. However, there have been a lot of changes in the 17 years I’ve been here and probably the most significant was becoming the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. The relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Maguire and The Maguire Foundation has changed the very nature of the school. The enhancement of the whole program and the ability to have the facilities and number of faculty we now have is incredible. What makes GMercyU’s healthcare programs unique? I will miss the faculty the most. I’ve been privileged to work with outstanding faculty. I have seen young faculty mature and other faculty retire at the end of their career. It’s been a real privilege to have those working relationships for 17 years. All that we accomplished is because of them. I can’t tell you how hard they worked to accomplish what we did and make the changes we made. It’s been a real privilege. What are your retirement plans? You can find me at Citizens Bank Park rooting on the Phillies and cheering on the Villanova basketball team. I love sports. I plan to do some traveling and part-time teaching, nothing full-time. I’m looking forward to more travel time and spending more time with my extended family. I think it’s the history of the Sisters of Mercy who dedicated themselves particularly to improving the healthcare of this area and providing healthcare to the poor and underserved, particularly women and children. The first healthcare program [at GMercyU] was nursing and then over the years quickly came others, respiratory care, radiation therapy, and even just two years ago we established the Occupational Therapy program. 3,695 students graduated from the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2001 5 7 4 2015 2014 The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program became the degree of licensure, replacing the Associate of Nursing program. 4 Keiss Hall is renamed Frances M. Maguire Hall. New state-of-the-art nursing facility opened at GMercyU’s Center City campus. 5 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program introduced 6 2016 New nursing labs and classroom space opened at GMercyU’s Bensalem campus. 6 2018 Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy began, new lab and classroom space opened 7 TODAY 11