David Bolger

Supporting the construction of a high-tech nursing lab

Major Contribution
Nel Bolger R.N. Nursing Laboratory, Hobart Manor Revitalization Challenge Grant

With quality of life issues at the core of his philanthropy, David Bolger through The Bolger Foundation has provided the University’s Department of Nursing with a grant of $500,000 for the creation of a patient simulation laboratory suite in Hunziker Wing. A well-known philanthropist, David Bolger is owner and President of Bolger & Co., Inc., a real estate/investment firm located in Ridgewood, N.J.

“This gift is in memory of my aunt, Tante Nel Bolger, a Dutch nurse and graduate of Johns Hopkins Nursing School who was a leader in the underground movement in Holland during the Nazi occupation,” states Mr. Bolger.

The laboratories enhance the ability of nursing students to learn in a technologically advanced facility and will support the University’s outstanding nursing program and increased enrollment. The labs will feature computerized patient simulation mannequins, a control station for operating the mannequins, robotic digital cameras to record students practicing patient care techniques, television screens to display the lab sessions, one-way mirrors to allow viewing by professors, and editing facilities for creating electronic DVDs for evaluations of student progress.

“I am pleased to support William Paterson University’s excellent nursing program, which leads to opportunities for employment in a satisfying, lifelong career in a field that is vitally important. This gift will create a superior clinical nursing education laboratory where nursing students can learn the essential care and diagnostic techniques they need to succeed in New Jersey’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities. I am proud to partner with a University that so greatly values cultural diversity” states David Bolger.

In addition to this leadership gift of $500,000, The Bolger Foundation also contributed a challenge grant to the Hobart Manor Revitalization Campaign to refurbish Hobart Manor, the oldest building on campus, listed on the National Register for Historic Places.