Hundreds Attend School of Nursing Blessing and Dedication
Nearly 350 people attended the blessing and dedication of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building Saturday, September 29, on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood. This event took place in the Quiet Study Room at the west end of the new facility. Guests were invited to a reception and tour of the facility following the blessing and dedication.
Father Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, president and CEO, Loyola University Chicago, led the festivities, thanking donors, members of the community, and key leaders at the university and health system who made the project possible.
Fr. Garanzini welcomed Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Dean Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost, Health Sciences Division, Stritch School of Medicine Dean Linda Brubaker, MS, MD, key dignitaries, and staff to the podium.
“Interprofessional development is the future of nursing and all health-sciences, and it’s imperative that we stay focused on the future,” Provost Gamelli said. “Thanks to this new facility, we can do just that.”
“We have waited more than 77 years for this moment,” Dean Keough added, prompting cheers from the audience. “I am pleased to share this historic occasion with you as we dedicate the first ever Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building. This all came to fruition thanks in great measure to our faculty, staff, and the generous support of alumni and friends of our school.”
Also Saturday, Fr. Garanzini unveiled the Saint John’s Bible, an addition to the Health Sciences Campus, which was placed in the Quiet Study Room. Fr. Garanzini noted that the Saint John’s Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated edition to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. This fine-art copy – one of only 299 produced – is a gift of the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Chicago and donors.