Thomas More University Dedicates Nursing Skills Lab in honor of Kathlene McLane


CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (August 10, 2022) — Thomas More officially named a nursing skills lab located at the Center for Health Sciences (in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare) the “Kathleen McLane Nursing Skills Lab” after the late Kathleen McLane, a devoted nurse who served the Northern Kentucky/greater Cincinnati community. The dedication of the lab was possible due to a gift from Mary (McLane) ’73 and S. Frank ’73 Fritsch, sister and brother-in-law of the late McLane to the University’s Second Century Capital Campaign – It’s time for More.

Mary Fritsch remembers her sister fondly, “Kathy was a dedicated, loving, and kind nurse who was always there for her patients, her colleagues, her friends, and her family. She was a true caregiver in every way! She’s remembered for her humble spirit.” McLane was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. After graduating from St. Thomas High School, she went on to work as a nurse at the University of Cincinnati until her sudden, accidental death in 1982. Through the Kathleen McLane Nursing Skills Lab her legacy will live on, making an impact on the region’s future nurses.

“We honor Kathy, a dedicated nurse who sought to serve others, a mission of Thomas More University, and what the nursing profession is all about,” says Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., president of Thomas More University. “Mary and Frank’s gift honors Kathy’s memory and has allowed us to purchase much needed equipment for the Nursing Skills Lab that will continue to benefit students at Thomas More University for years to come.”

The dedication ceremony was held on what would have been McLane’s 70th birthday, Saturday, July 30, 2022. The dedication started with a Mass held at the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on Thomas More University’s campus. Tours of campus were offered to visitors prior to the official dedication ceremony and reception.

Thomas More launched the public phase of the Second Century Capital Campaign – It’s time for More in fall of 2021, setting benchmarks that positioned the effort as the most ambitious fundraising campaign in University history. This campaign seeks to support the goals of the five-year Strategic Plan – Lighting the Way with a focus to accelerate campus investments, solidify new financial partnerships, and institute innovative academic opportunities with the ultimate vision of elevating Thomas More University’s visibility and stature in the global community as the region’s premier Catholic university.

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