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Piedmont Healthcare Funds Nursing Chair at Mercer University
Date:11/12/2007

allied health education programs. While the Center has developed a number of joint initiatives in healthcare, the largest focus over the past two and half years has been on nursing.

One of the first initiatives under the Center for Health and Learning was the Piedmont Nursing Scholars program, a collaborative nursing partnership between Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and Piedmont designed to help recruit, educate and ultimately place more nurses at Piedmont and in the community at large. Currently, 48 Mercer students are in the Piedmont Nursing Scholars program.

Through the Center for Health and Learning, Piedmont Healthcare aims to enhance its teaching environment and expand on-campus research that is focused on outcomes and improved patient care. Piedmont also seeks increased access to students and potential employees in nursing, pharmacy and other allied health fields. Long-term, Piedmont hopes to establish unique hospital/university integrated programs.

Mercer seeks to establish a more vigorous research presence and to deepen program offerings in nursing and pharmacy. Mercer also expects to broaden its medical residency program and its non-clinical education programs, such as chaplaincy, health management and health law.

About Piedmont Healthcare

Piedmont Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization, is the parent company of Piedmont Hospital, a 458-bed acute tertiary care facility in the north Atlanta community of Buckhead, offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services, a recipient of the 2006 and 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety(TM) according to HealthGrades (a leading healthcare ratings company) and one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals for four consecutive years in the 100 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study; Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 143-bed acute care community hospital in Fayetteville, named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals(R) for the fourth year in a row and one of the nat
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