West Virginia University at
WVU Parkersburg and four
local hospitals create health care partnership to impact nursing crisis.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Erik Bitterbaum, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg announced today (Oct. 16) it is forming a partnership with four local hospitals to impact the region’s critical need for more trained health care professionals.
Involved in the partnership are WVU Parkersburg, Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Marietta Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Selby General Hospital.
Each hospital has pledged $15,000 to WVU Parkersburg to assist in upgrading the college’s health sciences labs for its nursing and health-related programs. Also, the pledges will enable the college to hire additional health sciences’ faculty. This will allow the institution to accept more students into its health-related programs.
"This will help us bring more nurses to the Mid-Ohio Valley’s health care providers," WVU Parkersburg President Erik Bitterbaum noted. "The need for trained health care professionals is especially acute in West Virginia. This partnership will make it possible for us to expand our capacity to respond to the need for more health care graduates."
With the $60,000 pledged by the hospitals, WVU at Parkersburg is eligible to apply for matching funds as part of WV H.B. 3009 legislation which allows for competitive grants to strengthen the quality of the state’s workforce by linking existing post-secondary education capacity to the needs of business, industry and other employers.
The announcement was made by representatives of the college and the partnership hospitals at a press conference at WVU Parkersburg.
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