receives $1 million for McLeod expansion
U.Va. School of Nursing will expand McLeod Hall with a $1 million
challenge grant from the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation,
helping the school to address a national shortage by training
five-story addition to McLeod Hall will provide approximately
30,000 square feet to its existing space, adding larger and more
flexible teaching spaces, new technology and space for research
designed to improve patient care. The addition will help the school
fulfill its plan to boost enrollment.
Thomas Foundations grant comes at a critical moment in the
field of nursing, said Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School
of Nursing. Experts predict that demand for full-time
registered nurses will begin to exceed supply by 2010. By expanding
McLeod through the assistance of friends like the Theresa A. Thomas
Memorial Foundation, we can respond to the growing nursing shortage
by educating more new nurses and giving existing nurses the advanced
knowledge they need to maximize their skills.
addition will cost approximately $14 million. Seven million dollars
will be requested from the Commonwealth of Virginia, while an
equal amount is expected to come from private donors. The first
of these contributions from the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial
Foundation is in the form of a challenge grant aimed at
encouraging other donors to step forward.
congratulate the University of Virginia School of Nursing on its
long-standing record of service to the health care industry,
said Jim Roberts, president of the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial
Foundation. We firmly believe that the proposed expansion
of McLeod Hall will serve well the interest of the Universitys
School of Nursing and health care in general.
School of Nursing was ranked in the top 9 percent of nursing schools
in the United States this year by U.S. News and World Report.
This year marks the schools 100th anniversary.
School of Nursing is one of the best in the country. With the
support of this generous challenge grant, we will be able to provide
our fine teaching staff with the resources they need to educate
the nurses of tomorrow, said Leonard Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer.