College of Eastern Utah’s nursing department received $10,000 from the Intermountain Health Care recently.
The donation was part of IHC’s donation of $255,000 to Utah’s colleges and universities as an extra boost to help address a national shortage of graduates in medical training programs.
The organization hopes to help Utah schools prepare more nurses and other health professionals.
Those schools receiving donations include:
- $50,000 – University of Utah College of Nursing
- $50,000 – Weber State University Department of Nursing
- $50,000 – Brigham Young University College of Nursing
- $25,000 – Utah Valley State College
- $25,000 – Dixie State College Department of Nursing
- $25,000 – Salt Lake Community College Department of Nursing
- $20,000 – Weber State University Department of Clinical Laboratory Science (which trains medical technologists)
- $10,000 – College of Eastern Utah Department of Nursing
“These donations fill two purposes,” said Nancy Nowak, IHC vice president for nursing. “They help provide more graduates to work in Utah’s hospitals and clinics and they’re part of IHC’s mission of community service.
Through these donations IHC will be able to make a positive difference.” These donations are in addition to more than $12 million spent annually by IHC in support of medical training programs in Utah.
About 1,500 students in health-related programs receive education and training at IHC hospitals and clinics each year.
IHC is a charitable, communityowned, nonprofit health care organization based in Salt Lake City that serves the needs of Utah and Idaho residents.
The IHC system includes health insurance plans, hospitals, clinics, and affiliated physicians. Last year, in more than 132,000 cases, IHC hospitals and associated clinics provided $43 million in charitable assistance.
A central part of IHC’s mission is to provide medical care to persons from the Intermountain region with a medical need, regardless of ability to pay.