MONT ALTO–Officials at Penn State Mont Alto recently celebrated the campus’ newest facility, a $13 million Allied Health Building.
Positioned on the outer edge of the campus’ quad, the 22,000-square-foot facility serves as a state-of-the-art learning hub for the campus’ Allied Health programs: Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant.
The facility includes simulation laboratories and an ambulance port for the Nursing program, enhanced clinical space and equipment for the PTA program, and a simulated living space for the OTA program.
“This is our first new building in over 20 years, and we are really excited about it,” said Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong. “This facility enhances our ability to educate the best minds in an innovative, technology-rich, collaborative environment.”
The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the project in November 2018. Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. from Baltimore, Maryland, served as the building’s architect and Kinsley Construction, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, as the construction manager.
The Allied Health program typically graduates 52 students per year and accounts for just under 40 percent of the college’s graduates.
The ribbon-cutting celebration was attended by Penn State President Eric J. Barron;
Kelly Austin, vice president for commonwealth campuses and executive chancellor for Penn State; Laurie Badzek, dean of Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing; Roxanna Gapstur, president and CEO of WellSpan Health; and Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation; along with state and local elected officials and community leaders.