McLeod Health Announces Continued Commitment to Grow Nursing Programs
Contribution will Support Nursing Education at Horry Georgetown Technical College
On November 28, McLeod Health expressed their continued commitment to nursing education
at Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC). McLeod Loris Seacoast Chief Nursing
Officer Amanda Mills and McLeod Loris Seacoast Vice President of Patient Services Nancy Barnes
were on hand to present a $50,000 gift to Horry Georgetown Technical College.
“We are proud to give this gift to HGTC as we invest in our students, our employees, and our community as they continue advancing educational opportunities,” said Amanda Mills.
“We have always taken great pride in working with Horry Georgetown in providing our future surgical, laboratory, and radiology technicians and nurses in providing compassionate care to our patients and families. McLeod Health is a growing facility with 7 facilities and 85 physician practices, and we understand the importance of investing in education.”
“Our healthcare students, that includes nurses, surgical techs, pharmacy techs, radiologic techs, physical therapy assistants, emergency medical techs/paramedics, etc., continue to benefit from their clinical experiences at McLeod Loris Seacoast and now our nursing staff will benefit from this substantial grant that affirms McLeod’s commitment to professional excellence,” said HGTC President Neyle Wilson. “HGTC’s partnership with McLeod Health plays a significant role for the college, area physicians and the overall quality of healthcare for our local residents.”
HGTC’s Department of Nursing offers the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) degree prepares students for the challenges of modern healthcare. The classroom instruction that is provided in nursing concepts, coupled with laboratory practice and clinical experience at area healthcare providers, ensures that students are well-qualified to enter the field. A well-qualified nursing staff is essential for excellent healthcare.
“South Carolina, along with the rest of the nation, has been dealing with a nursing deficit that is related to not only the aging population of our citizens, but also the aging population of the nursing workforce,” said Christy Cimineri, AVP for Academic Affairs, Dean of Allied Health Science. “The majority of nurses that graduate from HGTC stay and work in our local healthcare systems. The generosity of McLeod Health will better allow the nursing program at HGTC to continue to educate more nurses and help decrease the nursing shortage that is being felt in our communities.”
“This gift is consistent with McLeod’s mission and values, and from the classroom to the bedside, we know this gift will help students to excel in their studies and provide quality healthcare. Thank you for allowing McLeod Health to give back to our area,” said Mills. “Because nurses are so essential to healthcare and the region’s economy, this area is fortunate to have this program available to the community.”