The University broke ground Oct. 5 on the Kay and Harold Ronson Health and Applied Science Center, a state-of-the-art health and science facility that will provide students with an ideal environment to learn and innovate.
“When people drive by this campus and look at the Kay and Harold Ronson Health and Applied Science Center, they are going to know that this is a place where innovation happens,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president of Thomas Jefferson University at the ceremony attended by faculty, staff, noted alumni and Jefferson leadership.
Set to open for full operation in fall 2019 on East Falls Campus, the building is designed to promote collaborative learning where students from different backgrounds and educational disciplines work together with expert faculty to solve problems.
Key features of the 60,000-square-foot building include a gross anatomy lab; six break-out rooms for team learning; enlarged medical simulation lab; enlarged physical diagnosis lab; athletic training diagnostics lab; labs for use by nutrition, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy and trauma counseling; enhanced textile materials lab; shelled space intended for health innovation maker space; and six Nexus Learning Hubs to promote collaborative teaching and learning.
Harold Ronson ’51 graduated from Philadelphia Textiles Institute (now Jefferson) with a degree in chemistry and dyeing. In addition to his contribution to the Kay and Harold Ronson Health and Applied Science Center, Ronson has been a lifetime benefactor to his alma mater. His past support facilitated the building of the Paul J. Gutman Library, the construction of Ronson Hall, the establishment of the Harold Ronson Scholarship Fund, the Ronson Simulation Lab and more. He also served as a trustee of Philadelphia University from 1985 to 2007 and was named trustee emeritus in 2008.