McKay Hall at York College has gone through a renovation and a name change.

The facility's new name is Diehl Hall, named for York couple Albert and Helen Diehl, to honor their monetary gift for and support of the renovation project, according to Mary Dolheimer, college spokeswoman.

Dolheimer said neither the college nor the Diehls will reveal the amount of the couple's 2010 donation.

The $5.7 million renovation project included adding a two-story area to Diehl Hall to better accommodate the Donald and Dorothy Stabler Nursing Program and the new Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Sport Management.

Prior to the renovation, McKay Hall was 39,151 square feet. Diehl Hall -- with the two story addition -- is 46,151 square feet, Dolheimer said.

The changes: Renovations to Diehl Hall provide space for new simulation labs for nursing, along with offices and classrooms for the graduate programs in nursing.

With the new lab, the nursing program provides more realistic hands-on experiences by using 12 electronic mannequins for medical simulations including blood pressure, pulses, heart, lung, childbirth, newborn and child health issues.

There also are control rooms where faculty manipulate the simulators and observe and video students' responses. The videos are reviewed with students during an evaluation process.

The two-story addition to the former McKay Hall also provides offices, classrooms and a computer lab for teaching ticket sales for the new Department of Hospitality, Recreation and Sport Management.


The department also houses the college's new academic program, which is a hospitality management major that was offered for the first time this fall.

Training: The difference between McKay and Diehl is remarkable, said Al Diehl in a statement.

"I don't know how you can find a better place to train," he said.

Al Diehl said he supports the college because he is impressed by how it manages the campus and saw evidence of that when the college built the new Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center more than five years ago.

"That told me how effective the management of the college really is," he said. "These things don't happen by accident. There are wonderful people involved at the college."

Helen Diehl said she was thrilled with the results of the Diehl Hall project.

"I was amazed, because I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I wish I could (be) a student."

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