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UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot Will Welcome Inaugural Class

March 16, 2021

In August of 2021, under the direction of Karen Morahan, PhD, RN, CNE, and in partnership with Gannon University, the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing at UPMC Hamot will welcome our inaugural class. 

This fall, up to 56 students will embark on their 16-month journey to an RN degree with the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gannon University.

Hamot Health Foundation and UPMC Hamot Aid Society are proud to support the launch of the school with an investment of $250,000.

HHF is also committed to continue annual support for student scholarships and equipment. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the HHF Board of Corporators has already raised $90,000 toward this campaign in the past four months.

1896 Nurses Photo

Class of 1896

As you may know, this is not the first nursing school supported by the hospital’s volunteers and donors.

At the suggestion Annie Wainwright Scott Strong, wife of Charles Hamot Strong, the Hamot Hospital Association Training School for Nurses was established in 1890. The school served to fill the need for skilled nurses and enhance the quality of care provided to the Erie community for 86 years. With the emergence of university-based schools of nursing to fulfill the local need, the school closed its doors in 1976.

Forty-five years later, as the nation faces another critical nursing shortage, HHF and the UPMC Hamot Aid Society are honored to once again help fulfill the community’s need for skilled nurses. By providing affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and a pipeline for employment in health care careers, this project also aims to help knock out disparity in our community.