Regional health systems rally around nursing program
Wood and Henry County Hospital make philanthropic gifts
Two area health systems are doing their part to increase nursing enrollment at Bowling Green State University as part of a long-term goal to expand the regional workforce.
Wood County Hospital committed $100,000 to support state-of-the-art technology in a new nursing skills lab while Henry County Hospital established and endowed a scholarship for BGSU’s growing Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program.
Wood County Hospital’s gift will provide equipment for the nursing skills lab, set to open in fall 2021 in coordination with BGSU’s expanded nursing programs. The lab is located in the recently renamed Central Hall (formerly the College of Business Annex).
“The nursing program at Bowling Green State University represents a major initiative to improve healthcare in Ohio,” said Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital. “Never has there been more demand for good, well-trained nurses.”
“I love the program we are developing here at BGSU,” Korducki said. “It offers great classroom learning, but more importantly, a simulation lab. This is a high-tech facility where student nurses can interact with actual patients and practice hands-on skills that they are going to use when they come into the field. When you combine that with the academic program and their clinical internships, you have a graduate nurse who is well prepared and ready to serve. This is extremely important for our community and our state, and I fully support it.”
The nursing skills lab will also serve the public good by providing continuing education and training for regional healthcare professionals.
Dr. Jim Ciesla, dean of BGSU’s College of Health and Human Services, said the recent health crisis has made us more aware of the tremendous need for nurses.
“Even after the crisis, though, jobs are expected to grow much faster than average through most of the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Ciesla said. “The need is so great that high-paying jobs are going unfilled. This nursing lab will prepare promising students for that role. It’s a calling we take seriously as a public university for the public good, and I know our students do, too.”
Henry County Hospital also provided substantial support for the University’s growing nursing program. The health system made a $35,000 gift to establish and endow a nursing scholarship for BGSU’s RN to BSN program, which is available entirely online to help working registered nurses complete their bachelor’s degree.
The scholarship will give preference to students matriculating to BGSU from Northwest State Community College (NSCC) as part of a new agreement. With Henry County Hospital’s location in proximity to BGSU’s campus in neighboring Wood County and NSCC in Fulton County, the hospital’s support highlights the connection between higher learning institutions and local health care providers in terms of workforce development in the region.