Thursday, October 30, 2008

SUPPORT FROM MARY WASHINGTON HOSPITAL AND CULPEPER REGIONAL HOSPITAL KEY AS SURGE IN GERMANNA NURSING GRADUATES HELPS MEET CRITICAL NEED


With help from Mary Washington Hospital and Culpeper Regional Hospital, Germanna is graduating more nursing students like the ones pictured here volunteering at the Culpeper Free Clinic.

An 88 percent increase in nursing graduates at Germannna Community College has contributed to a 67 percent overall increase in nursing program graduates in the Virginia Community College System.

Dr. Jane Ingalls RN, head of nursing at Germanna, congratulated her staff, saying, "You've made a difference in these students' lives and in the overall quality of health care in the communities served by GCC."

Gov. Tim Kaine lauded the state increase, saying: “Studies have shown that Virginia’s growing and aging population will require more than 20,000 nurses by 2020. Our Community Colleges and the Hospital and Healthcare Association are working hard, and successfully, to fulfill this need.”

Germanna President David A. Sam said a public-private partnership is playing a key role in the surge of nursing graduates. "We celebrate the success of our program and we owe special thanks to Culpeper Regional Hospital, Medicorp and Mary Washington Hospital for their investment in helping us meet the region's critical need for nurses," Dr. Sam said.



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