Ga Health System Partners With University To Address Nursing Shortages
The Albany Herald, Georgia.
ALBANY, Georgia – Phoebe Putney Healthcare and Albany State University launch innovative new partnership designed to spark interest in high school students across the region in healthcare careers and dramatically expand care programs ASU nurses and emergency medical technicians to accommodate additional students.
This initiative is the latest in a series of investments Phoebe has made with partner regional educational institutions to address the critical need for nursing care.
“Healthcare organizations across the country are facing a critical workforce shortage, particularly in nursing,” said Scott Steiner, President and CEO of Phoebe Healthcare System, in A press release. “With nationwide demand at peak levels, it’s difficult for a hospital to attract healthcare professionals like nurses and paramedics. Therefore, we are partnering with ASU to help develop new talent here in Southwest Georgia. “
The partnership will target teenage students from across the region, providing education and the opportunity to inspire students to consider careers in healthcare.
“Our goal is to reach out and show these brilliant minds how rewarding caring life can be, right here in Southwest Georgia,” Steiner said. “We want to keep them here for college, prepare them for a demanded role in healthcare, and give them every reason to stay and start their careers in the communities they already know and love.”
The need for skilled healthcare workers is reaching critical levels in southwest Georgia, statewide, and country, especially in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that continues to infect tens of thousands of people. Albany and southwest Georgia were among global hotspots for the virus when it first emerged in the United States. Phoebe Putney’s health system officials noted a dramatic downward trend in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, noting that the health system only had 27 COVID patients at its facilities on Thursday, 26 at facilities in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany and a patient at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus.
Phoebe is also investing in ASU’s pre-college STEM program and the Health Sciences and STEM Academy to support 90 students per year for three years.
“There are so many amazing, smart and motivated young people in our region who need a chance and a path to success,” said ASU President Marion Fedrick. “Our pre-college STEM program and academy can provide that spark, enthusiasm and encouragement to help students embrace the idea of a career in healthcare.”
As part of the partnership, Phoebe will also provide funds to help pay for new nursing faculty members and stipends for ASU nursing students and tutors. Phoebe will also ensure that nursing students at ASU have access to clinical placements at Phoebe’s facilities and hands-on training at the Phoebe Simulation and Innovation Center.
“Albany State’s continued partnership with Phoebe and our commitment to academic excellence and student success is integral to why ASU continues to be a leading institution for the health professions in the southwest region, “said Angela Peters, ASU vice president and vice president of academic affairs. . “Exceptional hands-on training and classroom instruction are essential to a successful career in the health professions. This partnership will ensure that our students receive a strong combination of both and are well equipped to be successful when they enter the workforce.
ASU commits additional funding for new nursing faculty positions, boosts student recruitment efforts, and works with Phoebe to identify potential program improvements to help more students complete their education and enter. successfully in the labor market.
“The state of Albany has a long history of talented nursing graduates who provide quality care,” Fedrick said. “Phoebe’s investment will help provide the resources to accept an additional 60 students per year into our associate’s degree nursing program.”
ASU will also designate priority admission status for students who live within 50 miles of its campus, and Phoebe will provide advice on loan cancellation, connection bonuses, and other incentives to new graduate nurses. who are taking positions at Phoebe.
The partnership is also serving the region’s need for additional EMTs, with Phoebe offering scholarships to core EMT students at ASU.
“There is a need for paramedics in our communities,” said Sarah Brinson, dean of Darton College of Health Professions. “This is a great opportunity to fill the pipeline in Southwest Georgia with members of our own community.”
Combined with the nursing and STEM programs, Phoebe’s total investment over the next three years will be $ 750,000.
“It is very important for Phoebe to continue to strengthen her relationships with all of our education partners, and we are particularly excited about this new agreement with Albany State,” Steiner said. “We are taking some truly innovative ways for us to work together, not only for the benefit of our two organizations, but to better serve the people of Southwest Georgia.”
“Albany State University and Phoebe are two foundational institutions in southwest Georgia,” Fedrick added. “We share a common goal of improving life in southwest Georgia, and we look forward to the success of this partnership and beyond.”
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