Saint Ben's has a 40- year track record of preparing nursing graduates whose liberal arts education, rooted in Benedictine values, makes them exceptionally well- rounded, capable and committed. Our students' pass rates on the national licensing examination routinely exceed national pass rates for baccalaureate graduates.
Today, thanks to the generosity of our community, our nursing facilities match the exceptional caliber of the students in our program. With the recent renovation and dedication of the Guy and Barbara Schoenecker Nursing Center, we will build on the tradition we've created and help us shape the future of health care. The Nursing Center is housed within the Main Building, which is the original academic building on the Saint Ben's campus. We're meeting the needs of a 21st century program with a building footprint from the 19th century. As a result, we didn't have to spend money on new construction. On average, we're able to renovate existing spaces for about 60-75 percent of the cost of new construction. And we didn't have to expand our carbon footprint by adding new buildings to our heating and power grid. This space isn't just a state-of- the-art nursing education facility, it's a case study in stewardship and sustainability.
The Schoenecker Nursing Center has not only transformed the physical space, but it has enhanced the quality of instruction we are able to provide our nursing students by creating a realistic 21st century work environment. The redesigned space includes state-of-the-art simulation rooms that look like actual patient care settings, interactive classrooms, a large practice lab, a fully functional nurses' station and seminar space. This is all possible thanks to donors like you. Because of your care for Saint Ben's, Saint Ben's nurses will keep on caring for others.