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Date: July 17, 2009
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College Awarded Who Will Care? Grant to Increase Nursing Graduates

Montgomery College will receive nearly $235,000 in grant funding from the Who Will Care? campaign, an initiative established by the Maryland Hospital Association, health care and academic leaders to double the number of nursing graduates in Maryland. Health care leaders announced the first round of the Who Will Care? grant recipients last week.

Montgomery College will use the grant to create three new nursing laboratories at its Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, where the College’s nursing program is located. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the labs, and train faculty and staff to use simulation scenarios for improved student learning.
 
“We welcome the opportunity to increase the number of nursing students we can graduate,” said Barbara Nubile, director of nursing at Montgomery College. “This grant money means more qualified applicants will be accepted into our program and graduate more students eligible to take the licensing exam to become a registered nurse (RN).”

Montgomery College’s nursing program is currently at its enrollment capacity because there are not enough classrooms and laboratories to handle program growth. The new labs will enable Montgomery College to increase its nursing student enrollment from 296 students to 376, which would mean a target increase of 80 students over five years, and graduate more students starting in 2010.

Renovation of the first nursing lab will begin in summer 2009 and open in spring 2010. Two additional labs will follow with an anticipated opening of spring 2011.

The initial Who Will Care? grants will support the nursing programs at 17 Maryland community colleges and universities. The grants will provide additional operating dollars for the institutions to add faculty, students, and clinical technology. Statewide, the first grants will increase the number of nursing graduates by 300 and add 20 faculty positions.

Donors have pledged $15.5 million over five years to fund the Who Will Care? campaign. Holy Cross Hospital pledged $250,000 to the campaign as part of its ongoing and expanding relationship with Montgomery College.

Who Will Care? has attracted a broad-based group of concerned hospital, insurance, business, and academic leaders as well as nurses, long-term care providers, and concerned private citizens. In all, $60 million from the public and private sector would fully fund the campaign in order to double the number of nursing graduates in Maryland.
 
“Without this initiative, we will face a shortage of 10,000 nurses in Maryland,” Maryland Hospital Association President and CEO Carmela Coyle said.  “These grants will begin the increase so we won’t face a huge chasm when almost half of the nursing workforce retires just as the baby boomer generation’s health needs reach their peak.”

For more information on the Who Will Care? campaign, visit www.mdhospitals.org or contact Ellen Stanley at estanley@mhaonline.org.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

Who Will Care? is an initiative, established by a group of stakeholders, including the Maryland Hospital Association and health care and academic leaders, to double the number of nurse graduates in Maryland.  The campaign aims to raise $60 million from public and private sources to graduate an additional 1,500 registered nurses per year.  For more information, visit www.mdhospitals.org/mha/Who_Will_Care.
 

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