Center for Nursing Innovation

Saint Joseph’s College has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation to support the creation of a new Center for Nursing Innovation – a  $5 million program on the Standish campus. In addition, we are pleased to announce a $2 million pledge in response to the Alfond Challenge from SJC alumna and member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold and her husband, Ed Arnold.

The Saint Joseph’s College Center for Nursing Innovation will encompass on-campus and online nursing education offering:

  • Top-notch science and SIM technology
  • An increase to Maine’s nursing workforce and credentialed faculty through scholarships 
  • Nursing educational advancement through new or enhanced health care partnerships

The Alfond Foundation challenge grant provides the keystone element of SJC’s planned Center—21st century nursing facilities for SIM and the nursing sciences.

Student nurse practicing blood pressure on a fellow student

Nursing Crisis and Challenges Nationally and in Maine

The national nursing crisis has been widely analyzed and published. Critical needs are:

  • Lack of adequate numbers of nurses—including new BSN graduates
  • Lack of adequate numbers of nurse PhD’s for faculty positions
  • Lack of flexible, site-specific educational programs for nurses 


How Saint Joseph's College will Address the Nursing Crisis

  • The new Center for Nursing Innovation will include five SIM Laboratories (hospital and home care).
  • An entire floor dedicated to students’ needs—includes advising offices for student and faculty meetings, a conference room, and a student collaborative learning space.
  • Renovating, enhancing, and developing new Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology labs used by nursing majors.
  • Establishment of a $1 million restricted scholarship fund to benefit nursing students at the College. 
  • Respond to the nation’s healthcare industry’s need for educational programs for nurses.


Susan VontellBecome a Nursing Ambassador

To help the College address the national nursing shortage and establish the Center, Susan Vontell ’82 has agreed to serve as a Nursing Ambassador, a nationwide network of alumni and friends of the College across 11 states who will support the Center in a number of ways, not only philanthropically, but by creating awareness of the Center through speaking and hosting events, writing letters, and participating in media coverage. 

If you are interested in serving as a nursing ambassador and helping Saint Joseph’s College address the nationwide nursing shortage through innovative programming, please contact Joanne Bean for more information at

Amanda with fellow nurse

Please join us in fulfilling this important mission to serve Maine and our nation and address this critical nursing shortage.

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In the News

Jeanne Arnold with two nursing studentsHeeding the Inner Call
How Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold ’83 (Hon, ’17) has brought her passion and expertise to Saint Joseph’s College.

“I can’t remember when I didn’t want to be a nurse, caring for people, doing what you could to help others.”

Anthony McGuire and Ashton Piers looking at plans for Nursing Center for InnovationSteering a New Course
Anthony McGuire, PhD, new director of the Saint Joseph’s College nursing program, takes the Center for Nursing Innovation in an exciting new direction.

“I want to use my three plus decades of experience and infuse it into this institution to make it the best it can be. I want a personal legacy of strengthening the nursing program in Maine.”

Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold announces a $2 million gift to the College’s Center for Nursing Innovation

Health Care writer and alumna, Diane Atwood, writes article on  Why Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold donated $2 million dollars to her alma mater — Saint Joseph’s College.