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Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces $1.8 Million Investment to Add Nurses, Improve Nurse Education Grants Awarded to Recipients in 28 Counties
Date:1/31/2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the investment of $1.8 million to expand nurse education opportunities and help increase the number of nurses in Pennsylvania.

"We are faced with the serious challenge of finding skilled, qualified individuals to meet the health care needs of the commonwealth's aging population," Governor Rendell said. "By training more nurses -- and by using state-of-the-art equipment for that training -- Pennsylvania will have more graduates on the job who are qualified from day one to deliver the quality care our citizens need and deserve."

Twenty grant recipients will use $679,933 to expand clinical education for nurses and $1.1 million to purchase training equipment. Combined with at least $2.1 million in private-sector matching funds, the total investment for these projects is approximately $3.9 million.

Nurse Education Initiative Grants help to increase educational quality and enable institutions to expand their programs by providing faculty coordination and training services. The initiative also enables nursing programs to hire one faculty member who is dedicated to incorporating simulation technology into the curriculum, thereby providing the most productive and efficient use of simulation labs and increasing the number of students nursing programs can enroll.

Additionally, the grants help support partnerships between health care employers and nursing education programs to add faculty and increase student enrollment. The grants provide financial incentives to health care employers to lend qualified nurses as faculty to nursing programs that demonstrate a critical need for new faculty to expand their enrollment.

The grants are part of a $7.5 million fund in the state budget that is targeted at reducing the state's nursing shortage.

More information is available online at http://www.paworkforce.state.pa.us under the "Governor Rendell's Strategy for Building a Skilled Workforce" quick link.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of grant recipients follows.

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Perry and York counties

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

-- $34,250 grant with $57,448 local funds; Total: $91,698 - Messiah College - South Central Workforce Investment Board

-- $67,444 grant with $100,000 local funds; Total: $167,444 - Messiah College - South Central Workforce Investment Board

-- $66,560 grant with $174,578 local funds; Total: $241,138 - Summit Health - South Central Workforce Investment Board

Allegheny County

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $98,750 grant with $98,840 local funds; Total: $197,590 - University of Pittsburgh - Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

-- $87,403 grant with $100,714 local funds; Total: $188,117 - The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Association - Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

-- $14,439 grant with $66,712 local funds; Total: $81,151 - The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Association - Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

-- $100,000 grant with $146,776 local funds; Total: $246,776 - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Presbyterian - Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

Berks County

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $81,760 grant with $81,760 local funds; Total: $163,520 - The Reading Hospital School of Nursing - Berks County Workforce Investment Board

Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $11,995 grant with $11,995 local funds; Total: $23,990 - Clearfield County Career & Technology Center - North Central Workforce Investment Board

--$70,000 grant with $72,498 local funds; Total: $142,498 - Jefferson County DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School - North Central Workforce Investment Board

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

--$8,820 grant with $9,625 local funds; Total: $18,445 - Jefferson County DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School - North Central Workforce Investment Board

Chester County

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

-- $25,169 grant with $25,169 local funds; Total: $50,338 - Centro for Arts & Technology (Brandywine Campus) - Chester County Workforce Investment Board

Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties

Nurse Education Initiative Grant Award

-- $22,804 grant with $22,804 local funds; Total: $45,608 - Penn State Erie - The Behrend College - Northwest Workforce Investment Board

Delaware County

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $146,060 grant with $146,060 local funds; Total: $292,120 - Villanova University - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

-- $29,675 grant with $31,400 local funds; Total: $61,075 - Delaware County Community College - Delaware County Workforce Investment Board

Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $154,930 grant with $154,930 local funds; Total: $309,860 - DeSales University - Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board

-- $6,960 grant with $6,960 local funds; Total: $13,920 - Northampton Area Community College - Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

-- $22,575 grant with $28,402 local funds; Total: $50,977 - Northampton Area Community College - Workforce Investment Board

Montgomery County

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $73,725 grant with $74,038 local funds; Total: $147,763 - Harcum College - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

Nurse Education Initiative Grant

-- $43,372 grant with $47,265 local funds; Total: $90,637 - Montgomery County Community College - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

-- $50,000 grant with $50,000 local funds; Total: $100,000 - Harcum College - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

-- $50,000 grant with $50,000 local funds; Total: $100,000 - Harcum College - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

-- $84,500 grant with $87,735 local funds; Total: $172,235 - Abington Memorial Hospital - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

-- $90,000 grant with $103,067 local funds; Total: $193,067 - Abington Memorial Hospital - Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

Philadelphia County

Nurse Education Equipment Grant

-- $76,200 grant with $76,200 local funds; Total: $152,400 - The Frankford Hospital School of Nursing - Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

-- $187,013 grant with $191,090 local funds; Total: $378,103 - Holy Family University - Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

-- $96,976 grant with $96,976 local funds; Total: $193,952 - The University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

CONTACT:

Christopher S. Manlove

717-787-7530 (L&I)

Barry Ciccocioppo

717-783-1116


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