Moravian College in Bethlehem has completed its $23 million academic building on its Main Street campus and is planning to use it as a showcase for the college’s investment in health care.
The college named the building the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences in memory of Breidegam Miksiewicz. A 1984 Moravian alumna who died at 52 in 2014, she was CEO and vice chairwoman of East Penn Manufacturing in Lyon Station.
The ribbon cutting is 3 p.m. Sept. 21 with a dedication honoring everyone who financially contributed to the construction of the building, said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College. The 275-year-old-college also will display a time capsule that will be opened when the college turns 300, he said.
At the event, the college will host a panel on the future of health care, with Richard A. Anderson, CEO of St. Luke’s University Health Network, Kerry Cheever, chairperson of Moravian’s nursing program, and James Tuefel, head of Moravian’s public health department, as panelists, Grigsby said.
The building is available when students get back for the fall semester and is open now for faculty and staff who are moving in and getting organized, he said.
With this building, as well as the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center which opened last year on Schoenersville Road, Moravian is investing more than $31 million in the Lehigh Valley for health care, Grigsby said.
“We are serving the area’s needs in health care,” Grigsby said. “The No. 1 employers out of our health care program are St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley Health Network.”
The academic spaces include classrooms, offices, labs, simulation rooms and the Lehigh Valley’s first virtual cadaver lab.
The lab will help provide more physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers with additional training opportunities, he added. Moravian’s nursing program students will use the cadaver lab, as will nursing students from St. Luke’s University Health Network.
The health sciences building allows Moravian to work with the Bethlehem Area School District to develop more students who could go into the science, technology, math and engineering fields, he said.
“We are able to do professional development for nurses and physicians in the Lehigh Valley,” Grigsby said. “It’s all-encompassing in many ways as we serve professional development and create better health care in the area.”
ESa, an architectural firm based in Nashville, Tenn., designed the building. J.G. Petrucci Co., of Hanover Township, Northampton County, built it.