GMercyU Celebrates Naming Frances M. Maguire Hall

August 31, 2015
Maguire Hall Dedication

On the eve of Commencement, Gwynedd Mercy University celebrated the naming of Frances M. Maguire Hall, formerly Isabelle Keiss Center.

The home of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions now dons the name of one of the University’s most treasured and dedicated alum, friend and benefactor. Mrs. Maguire and her husband, James Maguire, have been instrumental in the University’s growth and success over the last few decades.

They are two individuals who truly value education and provide philanthropic support for students and institutions at all levels throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. Mrs. Maguire earned a medical secretary degree from GMercyU in 1955 and later returned to study nursing in the mid 1970s.

It was an exciting week for The Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions as they opened the doors to the new state-of-the-art facility and GMercyU's first-ever Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program just a few days prior.

The new ABSN program is just another way GMercyU is keeping up with the latest healthcare trend of needing better-educated nurses. Designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, the ABSN aims to produce future nursing leaders and features the high-quality education and clinical rotation opportunities that have long been hallmarks of the school’s nursing programs. The degree program takes as little as 15 months to complete.

“Leveraging this state-of-the-art facility, a rigorous curriculum and dedicated faculty, we will not only enable students young and old to become bachelors-prepared nurses in as little as 15 months, but also position them for successful, long-term careers as the profession continues to evolve,” Dean Hollingsworth said.

The ABSN space is located at GMercyU's Center City Philadelphia campus, in the Public Ledger Building at 600 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The facility is equipped with the newest technology, including the ever-so-popular SIM people.

GMercyU will be admitting new students three times a year: May, August and January.