UTICA — Attendance has gone down at recent open houses for the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and the college’s president wanted to know why.
Marian Kovatchitch didn’t like the answer.
Staff told her that a rumor was going around saying that the college was going to close. It is not, Kovatchitch said emphatically.
She’s said she’s not sure how the rumors started. It could be because of the affiliation talks between St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, she said.
Or it could be because the hospital’s College of Radiography closed and the program moved to Mohawk Valley Community College.
But Kovatchitch said she’s received assurances from the CEOs of both hospitals that there are no plans to close the college whether the affiliation goes through or not.
“However this plays out in the end, we certainly will be here,” she said.
Kovatchitch is retiring next May and the college is actively recruiting a new president, she said.
Enrollment in the college, which has 100 students, has not fallen, Kovatchitch said. But only 80 people attended the September open house and 60 attended in October, compared to typical attendance of 100, she said.