Senator David Arnold Announces RACP Funding for New Lebanon Valley College Facility

(HARRISBURG) – Senator David J. Arnold (R-48) secured a grant of $500,000 for Lebanon Valley College to construct a 30,000 square foot facility for a Skills and Simulation Lab that will bridge the gap between college courses and clinical placements.

Since 1866, Lebanon Valley College (LVC) has been an anchor and economic driver of Lebanon County. Responding to the demand by students and applicants and recognizing the increasing shortage of nurses and nursing programs, LVC is launching a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program, the only nursing education program in Lebanon County.  Labor market indicators show that 88.4% of employers express a strong preference for students with a BSN degree, indicating that LVC program graduates will immediately be in high demand.

Penn State Health, as an academic medical center, has committed key clinical placements.  Penn State Health further commits its clinical facilities (in Dauphin, Cumberland and Lancaster Counties) for nursing students to gain clinical experiences including acute care, critical care, pediatrics, mother/baby, and ambulatory care.

Through both Good Samaritan Hospital and Philhaven, WellSpan Health is one of the largest employers in Lebanon County, which will provide a unique opportunity for clinical training and future employment for LVC nursing students. The addition of LVC educated nurses will aid Lebanon County and the entire Commonwealth as we face an uncertain healthcare future with the ongoing pandemic.

Lebanon Valley College’s new facility will enable students to work on the essential problem-solving and communication skills needed in order to ensure a successful clinical experience. The high-tech manikins and equipment will allow for an opportunity to practice the theoretical and learned actions in a clinical environment.

“As we’ve seen in 2020, our medical professionals are critical to the overall wellness of Lebanon County. This project will provide more ‘home-grown’ healthcare professionals for our local communities, while those students receive a tremendous education at a local and prestigious university” said Senator David Arnold.

CONTACT:        Greg Moreland | gmoreland@pasen.gov