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New life for former Sewickley nursing school building

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Provost Ken Veit talks to attendees during a tour of its new Learning and Living Center at Heritage Valley Sewickley Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The facility opened in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building on Blackburn Road in Sewickley.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Kitchen space in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's new Learning and Living Center at Heritage Valley Sewickley photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The facility opened in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building on Blackburn Road in Sewickley.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
A dorm room in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's new Learning and Living Center at Heritage Valley Sewickley photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The facility opened in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building on Blackburn Road in Sewickley.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Scott Righter, who works in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's alumni development office (left) and tour-goers are reflected in a washing machine in the laundry room of PCOM's new Learning and Living Center at Heritage Valley Sewickley Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The facility opened in the former Sewickley Valley School of Nursing building on Blackburn Road in Sewickley.

What once was the home of a nursing school in Sewickley has new life.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine leaders last week celebrated the opening of its Living-Learning Center on the second floor of the former Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing building along Blackburn Road.

The center expands the Philadelphia school's presence in western Pennsylvania by allowing third- and fourth-year students an opportunity to live and study here, Provost Ken Veit said.

“The space allows students to live here and work at hospitals around Pittsburgh,” Veit told those on a tour of the facility last week.

Veit said the school wants to place students into residency programs at hospitals in the region.

“We want to help offer students the chance to come back to the region,” said Scott Righter, who works in the school's alumni development office.

The facility provides living space for 10 students in single dorm-style units.

Students have access to laundry facilities and a kitchen.

In addition, a classroom near the living quarters will give students an opportunity to take part in classes via streaming video.

The school could consider expanding its dorm-style offerings should the program continue to be successful, leaders said.

Heritage Valley's nursing school moved in 2007 from Sewickley to the Airport Office Park on Rouser Road in Moon.

The hospital system closed its nursing school in fall and transferring first-year students to a program at the Community College of Beaver County.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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