KHA Makes Donation to ARH and Galen College of Nursing Partnership
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:28 AM
As part of KHA's mission to support its member hospitals by assuring there is an adequate, well-trained and qualified health care professional workforce for the future, the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) recently made a donation to support nurse education in Eastern Kentucky.
Last month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and Galen College of Nursing
announced a partnership to offer an associate degree in nursing
program at a new location based in the ARH System Center building in
Hazard. In response to the continued and growing nursing shortage
in the region, Galen College and ARH have joined together to offer
additional nursing education opportunity, in support of both the local
nursing workforce, and the need throughout Eastern Kentucky.
“The need for nurses is great in Hazard and across the region,” said Joe Grossman, President and CEO, at ARH. “This partnership helps provide a solution to the growing need for nursing care and greater access to nursing education.”
A two-year program for those new to nursing will be offered first, with the
goal to include a 15-18 month program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
to continue their education in pursuit of an RN, called an LPN to ADN
Bridge, within the year as well. Additionally, Galen offers an Online RN to
BSN program and can support area nurses who hold an associate degree to
pursue their BSN online while they continue to work. A grand opening
celebration is planned for later this spring, but the campus is now open.
The inaugural class will start March 30 at the newly renovated Galen
College of Nursing at the ARH System Center located at 100 Airport Gardens
Road, which was the original ARH hospital.