February 25, 2021

New building will serve as a gateway facility for the health sciences campus

In recognition of the impact of the nursing profession on their family and the community, Gary and Jane Heminger have pledged a naming gift to the new building currently under construction for The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Gary Heminger, chair of the Ohio State Board of Trustees, said during remarks at the building’s virtual groundbreaking ceremony on December 2, 2020, that he and his fellow trustees believe in the college’s vision of transforming health and improving lives. He also shared why academic medicine and the education of future healthcare professionals is so important to him and his family.

“My wife Jane is a nurse, and I am so proud of her many years of service, from the cardiac care unit, to the ICU, to the emergency room,” Heminger said. “I fully understand how important it is to ensure that new generations of inspired healthcare providers have everything they need to excel.

“[This new building] will be a physical representation of the unparalleled education, research and healthcare one can expect from Ohio State.”

Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, announced the naming gift at the Board of Trustees general meeting on Thursday.

“The Hemingers’ commitment to naming our new building will ensure our nursing faculty, staff and students – who have dedicated themselves to providing patients with the best evidence-based care – can teach, learn and grow in a new, state-of-the-art facility that will be a true home away from home,” Johnson said. “This is exciting news for the future of our health sciences campus, which will transform health and improve lives through this gateway facility, forever bearing the Heminger name.”

“We are honored to receive the Heminger family’s generous gift to our new Ohio State University College of Nursing building. This building will enhance the college’s goal to be the world’s leader in thinking and doing the impossible to transform health and improve lives,” says Harold L. Paz, MD, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University and CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “Countless students, faculty, and staff will benefit from Gary and Jane’s vision and investment.”

“We are so grateful to the Heminger family for supporting our college and believing in our ability to transform the future of health in so many different ways,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “When this building opens in the summer of 2022, it will revolutionize how we continue to inspire our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners to dream, discover and deliver a healthier world.”

“This gift represents an investment in the future of healthcare and will help the College of Nursing propel innovation as it educates the next generation of nursing leaders,” said Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, executive vice president and provost. “We thank the Heminger family for their commitment to Ohio State.”

Construction crews have begun work on the new building at the intersection of Neil and 9th Avenues. The Heminger family said it looks forward to working with the College of Nursing in the naming and other details. The Board of Trustees is expected to consider the naming at a later date.

June 11, 2020

The Ohio State University College of Nursing hosted Masterminds: The Future of Health Transformed. The virtual event featured three faculty members as they gave short, engaging TED-style talks about their passions and research in the nursing field.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, university chief wellness officer and College of Nursing dean, moderated the event.

Alice Teall, DNP, ARNP-CNP, FAANP, assistant professor of clinical nursing, discussed how enrolling in a coaching program and spending a week at a retreat in the Pacific Northwest changed her views on teaching and patient care.

“Before learning coaching strategies, I would have been the expert in solving problems,” Teall said. “Now, as the coach I recognize the student can develop the solutions.”

Molly McNett, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS, FAAN, professor of clinical nursing, explained the importance of the evidence-based practice movement. Her work at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice helps to provide training and resources to healthcare teams across the world.

“We can no longer settle for the way that things have always been,” McNett said. “We are working to transform the future of healthcare to ensure that evidence informed care is used with all patients and all disease processes all the time.”

The third speaker, Shannon Gillespie, PhD, RN, assistant professor, shared that her journey to becoming a nurse started with a death in her family, which led to an interest in new life.

“I was probably moving away from that end of life that had become so real for my family for so long,” Gillespie said.

Now, she runs the Maternal Immune Monitoring Laboratory at the college, where she investigates possible causes of preterm birth and the effects of stress on pregnancy.

Interested in learning more? Watch our full recording and visit our website to learn more about how our college is committed to transforming the future of health.

September 26, 2019
New building scheduled for groundbreaking in spring 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University College of Nursing unveiled plans today for a new, 40,000-square-foot addition to its current home at Newton Hall. The addition, which will be built at the corner of Neil Avenue and West 9th Avenue, is scheduled to break ground in mid-to-late spring 2020.

“Over the last several years, our college has experienced unprecedented growth in the size of our population, the breadth of our initiatives and the stature of our academic programs,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “This addition will allow us to continue transforming the future of health by building dreams, discovering solutions and delivering impact for a healthier world.”

Over the past eight years, the college has:

The addition will house new space to support programs in academics, research, innovation, wellness and evidence-based practice. It will link to Newton Hall – the College of Nursing’s home since 1968 – via a three-story, glass-walled atrium. Other features include new office and special event space, a demonstration kitchen and a relaxation loft on the third floor.

The planned addition will also signify a first for the university: Newton Hall will become the first WELL-certified building on the Ohio State campus. The WELL v2 Building Standard, created and administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of a building’s environment that impact human health through air, water, nourishment, light, movement, sound, materials, mental health, thermal comfort, community and innovation.

“This addition will not only serve as a gateway to the health science campus for the university, but it will also become a destination for transdisciplinary collaboration and ideas to advance human health and well-being,” Melnyk said. “We are so excited about the unlimited potential of what we can accomplish together, supported by this new space.”

The addition was designed by signature design firm ikon.5 architects, ranked as the sixth-best design firm in the United States and winner of more than 75 national and international awards, in partnership with Architect of Record M+A Architects, known for their knowledge of and expertise in Ohio State University projects. The latest renderings and more information about the addition’s planned features can be found at nursing.osu.edu/building.