Banner Health and North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC), longtime supporters of the University of Northern Colorado, have pledged to create a distinguished professorship in nursing. The $170,000 gift will go toward creating an endowment for a faculty member in the School of Nursing. Banner Health and NCMC intend for the endowment to grow to $500,000 over the next five years.
“Educating and preparing nurses to ensure an adequate workforce is important now and will be even more critical in the years to come,” said Rick Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of North Colorado Medical Center. “We are pleased to partner with UNC to assist in expanding their capabilities through this distinguished professorship.”
The endowment allows the school to recruit and retain top-notch faculty amid a critical shortage of nursing faculty. The faculty resources help UNC expand nursing programs, including offering Banner Health employees with Associate of Applied Science degrees the ability to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees through a hybrid program that provides coursework online and at their place of employment. The first class will be admitted in Fall 2010 and begins coursework in Spring 2011.
Banner Health and NCMC have provided previous support to the School of Nursing, including financial support of both the school and students enrolled in a second bachelor’s degree program in nursing, equipment for the skills laboratory, scholarships and ongoing clinical placements for our students at all levels.
“The Banner Health Distinguished Professorship in Nursing award will enhance the School of Nursing’s opportunity to attract and retain a highly qualified nursing faculty member, a critical foundation to strong nursing education,” said Kathleen LaSala, director and professor of the School of Nursing.
About North Colorado Medical Center?
North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 398 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. A family-centered obstetrics unit, cardiovascular, oncology, ortho/neuro, Level II trauma, Western States Burn Center and acute inpatient rehabilitation are among the many services offered through the medical center. Nearly 400,000 square feet of new patient care space was added to the northern Colorado region when the NCMC opened an expanded facility in December 2005. Included is the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado featuring state-of-the-art heart services; expanded birthing center and neonatal care unit, new intensive care units and new surgical suites. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth/ncmc.com.
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, not-for-profit health care systems in the country. Banner has 22 facilities that offer an array of services including hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories, rehabilitation services. These facilities are located in seven states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming. In addition to emergency and medical services, Banner Health medical centers house a variety of specialized services, including heart care, cancer treatment, delivery of high-order multiple births, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, rehabilitation services, and behavioral health services. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.
The University of Northern Colorado annually enrolls more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying in a broad array of programs in education, the arts, sciences, humanities and business. The UNC experience combines a solid liberal arts foundation, relevant professional coursework, innovative technology and real-world experiences to prepare students for a life of learning. Visit http://www.unco.edu for more information.
UNC’s School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The school offers: a bachelor’s degree program in nursing for the traditional student, a second-degree option for those who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, an online option for registered nurses who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, a master’s program with an emphasis in either Family Nurse Practitioner or in Nursing Education (online) with a clinical focus in case management of chronic illness, post-master’s certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Education, an online Ph.D. program in Nursing Education, and an online post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Online at: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/nursing/