Maria News < Back

Memorial College of Nursing Relocates to Maria College Campus

Memorial College of Nursing will remain an independent school offering two-year associates in science degrees

ALBANY, New York – The Memorial College of Nursing, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP), will relocate from its current facility on the Albany Memorial Hospital campus to historic Marian Hall on the Maria College campus.

The agreement was finalized in April, and Memorial College of Nursing classes are set to begin in Marian Hall in August 2019.

The Memorial College of Nursing will continue its century-long tradition of educating and preparing students for fulfilling careers in nursing, and the college’s programs and academic offerings will remain unchanged. The Memorial College of Nursing will remain an independent school offering two-year associates in science degrees.

“The Memorial College of Nursing enjoys a strong legacy of successfully educating and training highly skilled, motivated, and compassionate nurses,” said Mike Finegan, president of acute care at SPHP. “We are thrilled with this new situation, which will enhance the Memorial College of Nursing experience by allowing students to take classes in the vibrant academic environment of the Maria College campus.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the Memorial College of Nursing students and faculty to Maria’s campus,” said Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., president of Maria College. “Maria has a long tradition of being home to the next generation of nursing professionals, and this relocation is a natural fit for our campus as we continue to be seen by hospitals as a hub of excellence in nursing and health care education.”

Memorial College of Nursing students will have access to some Maria College student support services. Memorial College of Nursing students will also benefit from their very close proximity to St. Peter’s Hospital, and have opportunities for clinical practice and experience at one of the largest, highest-quality, and highest-volume hospitals in the Capital Region.

Marian Hall, on the west edge of the Maria College campus, is a three-story brick building that has been granted historic designation from the Historic Albany Foundation. Marian Hall includes a large lecture hall, two large classrooms, two laboratories, an administrative office, and several private offices, as well common areas and ample parking.

“We are proud to be able to provide additional value and a comfortable new academic setting for Memorial College of Nursing students,” Finegan said. “We are also pleased to strengthen the ties between SPHP and Maria College. SPHP is fortunate to have amongst its ranks so many talented Maria College graduates. The history and missions of our two organizations are also strongly aligned, with both institutions being founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy.”

The Memorial College of Nursing’s sister school, SPHP’s Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, is not impacted by this move.

About St. Peter’s Health Partners

With 12,000 employees in more than 170 locations, St. Peter’s Health Partners is the Capital Region’s most comprehensive not-for-profit integrated health care network, which provides high-quality, compassionate, and sophisticated care to thousands of people every day. St. Peter’s Health Partners is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health systems. For more information, please visit

About Maria College

Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 17 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The private, co-educational, Catholic college in Albany serves over 800 students in a variety of degree and certificate programs including liberal arts, health care management, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, and health and occupational sciences. With an unwavering commitment to the humanities, the College instills in its graduates a respect for the dignity of each person and the ability to transform learned skills into caring service. For more information, visit


Michael Mullaney
St. Peter’s Health Partners Corporate Communications
(518) 525-1232

Victoria Battell
Senior Vice President Maria College
(518) 861-2571