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Select Medical gift will name Penn State Harrisburg nursing lab, support scholarships and STEM programs

Select Medical has made a $250,000 gift that will name the Select Medical Nursing Simulation Lab at Penn State Harrisburg, a 2,600 square-foot state-of-the-art facility with six patient beds, two simulation rooms, a central observation area, and an adjoining classroom.

A portion of the gift also will be used to establish an endowed Medical Community Trustee Scholarship for undergraduate students, with preference given to nursing majors. These resources will help students decrease hours spent in outside employment and enable them to focus on academics, the priority of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.

The company’s gift also will fund career exploration programs for school students through the Capital Area Institute of Mathematics and Science (CAIMS) based at Penn State Harrisburg. The college will collaborate with local schools to provide opportunities to introduce students to careers in medicine and health-related fields, including nursing.

“Penn State Harrisburg is committed to providing our students with the best education possible,” said Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni. “With the support of Select Medical, our abilities are enhanced beyond what we could accomplish on our own.

“Select Medical’s generosity will not only help nursing students meet the costs of their education, but also will help us educate tomorrow’s nursing professionals. I’m deeply grateful for the company’s growing partnership with the college. In addition to continued support of various programs, Select Medical provides internships for our students and jobs for our graduates.”

Penn State Harrisburg will recognize Select Medical for its generosity at a ceremony in the lab on campus on Thursday, April 10 at noon.  A demonstration of the equipment and technology in the nursing lab will begin at 12:30 p.m.

“Select Medical is committed to providing quality care for its patients, and this begins with foundational education at a young age,” said David S. Chernow, Select Medical president and chief executive officer. “With this gift, we hope to encourage area youth to pursue the medical field, especially nursing.

“As the industry has such a high demand, we believe this gift will provide fundamental knowledge and enriching experiences for K-12 students. Moreover, we hope the funding will help undergraduate students achieve their educational and professional dreams. By helping students discover and learn what it takes to become a nurse, we are preparing tomorrow’s leaders.”

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One of the nation’s largest providers of specialized acute and post-acute care, Select Medical’s national network of nearly 31,000 employees operate or support more than 100 long-term acute care hospitals, 15 medical rehabilitation hospitals, and over 1,000 outpatient clinics offering physical and occupational therapy. Based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Select Medical offers contract therapy services at nearly 500 locations. It also offers physical therapy and athletic training to approximately 300 high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams. 

Penn State Harrisburg offers two nursing degree programs, one for registered nurses seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree and another for students with a baccalaureate degree in another field seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. The programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

CAIMS was established in 1992 with a major gift from the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts, funded through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and support from the Capital Region’s business and professional community. Devoted to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through the professional development of teachers and the provision of services and resources to students in K-12 schools, CAIMS partners with faculty on all Penn State campuses, other universities, businesses, and industries.

For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.