On Friday, April 5, 2013, at noon, DeSales University will host a ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, Center for Business and Healthcare (pictured).
The building is located just beyond the intersection of Landis Mill Road and Station Avenue on the University’s Center Valley campus.
“Fr. Peter Leonard OSFS, dean of graduate education, and I visited local hospitals, medical clinics, departments of health, and other healthcare facilities about six years ago to ascertain their needs for future employees with healthcare degrees,” said Fr. Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University. “It became very obvious that there was, even at that time, a great shortage of qualified professionals to support their work. The result was a decision by DeSales University to respond to this need. Today you see the results of this response.”
This newest academic building will house the University’s healthcare and business majors and cost nearly $27 million. Alvin H. Butz Inc., served as the construction management firm on the project; Breslin Ridyard & Fadero, Inc., were the architects.
The first floor is home to the University’s healthcare majors, including the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and physician assistant program. There are classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and faculty and administrative offices. This floor also features the area’s only human gross anatomy laboratory as well as simulation laboratories. In these labs, advanced technological mannequins allow students to perform various medical procedures while receiving real-time feedback in much the same way they would from a human patient. The mannequins breathe, have a pulse, have eyes that dilate, and can react to various drugs. There are four adult mannequins, including one that gives birth to an infant mannequin, and three pediatric mannequins, including two babies and one 6-year-old.
The health care portion of the building also features the standardized patient area. This suite mimics a functioning healthcare office, complete with a waiting room and fully equipped examination rooms. Standardized patients are people who are specially trained to act as patients for the instruction, practice, and assessment of the medical examination skills of medical students, nurses, physician assistants, and other health care providers. They will be treated by DeSales nursing and physician assistant students and provide feedback.
The second floor of the Gambet Center features the undergraduate business division and the MBA program. In addition to technologically advanced classrooms, seminar rooms, and administrative offices, the floor houses the PPL EnergyPlus Trading Wing. The wing includes a specialized business classroom that replicates a commodities trading center. This allows students to enjoy a simulated trading environment, complete with a digital stock market exchange ticker.
The trading wing also includes a high-tech classroom for group learning and two seminar rooms that allow students to experience board meeting simulations and participate in small group meetings and breakout sessions.
The Gambet Center is designed to be environmentally friendly. Now that the building is complete, the University will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the silver level. LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability and is a nationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The Gambet Center is energy and water efficient, used recycled and rapidly renewable materials in construction, and has superior indoor environmental air and temperature quality.
| Fr. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS |
The building is named after Fr. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS, president emeritus of DeSales University. As founding academic dean from 1965 to 1972 and as president from 1978 to 1999, Fr. Gambet helped foster educational initiatives that were truly innovative in the Lehigh Valley, including the creation of the first accelerated degree program for adults. In addition to his leadership of DeSales, he served on the board of directors of the PPL Corporation and Lehigh Valley Hospital Network. Fr. Gambet is a trustee of the Trexler Trust and a director of the Keystone Nazareth Charitable Foundation.
“Fr. Daniel Gambet, OSFS, is a man of great vision and compassion,” said Fr. O’Connor. “As he looked out over fields of corn about fifty years ago, he could see the possibilities for a fine Catholic university at the service of the people of the Lehigh Valley. Today he is able to say ‘Less corn, more brains. Not a bad transformation.’ The Lehigh Valley is better for his presence among us.”
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