IHC Donation to Help Fund Additional Nursing Students

December 4, 2002

OGDEN, Utah – Intermountain Health Care has donated $70,000 to Weber State University's Dumke College of Health Professions, helping support the university's mission to train and prepare health care professionals for Utah and the Intermountain region.

 “As a non-profit organization, this is one way we return resources to the community,” said Thomas Hanrahan, IHC’s regional vice president and CEO of McKay-Dee Hospital. “It is important to us to have well trained nurses and technicians and we want to do what we can to ensure Weber State’s program continues.”

During a ceremony Tuesday at McKay-Dee Hospital, Hanrahan presented Lydia Wingate, dean of the Dumke College of Health Professions, a check for $50,000 to be used to support the college’s nursing program. IHC also donated $20,000 to WSU’s clinical laboratory sciences program, the only one in the nation to offer students associate’s and bachelor’s degrees online.

“This generous gift will enable us to increase the number of students working toward their associate’s degrees in nursing,” Wingate said.
Debra Huber, who chairs WSU’s nursing program, is very grateful for IHC’s support because it offers immediate resources for what she views as ongoing challenges facing the health care industry.

“We continue to look for long-term solutions to fund our program and address the ever increasing demand for nurses and other health care professionals,” Huber said.

 Including today’s gift, IHC has donated $133,000 to WSU programs this year.  

Hanrahan believes hiring WSU graduates is a major reason why McKay-Dee has the lowest professional vacancy rate of any facility in the IHC system. “Weber State graduates like to stay here,” Hanrahan said.

The donations extend well beyond the Wasatch Front because of WSU’s partnerships throughout Utah. The university supports nursing programs in Cedar City and Richfield. Those programs in turn provide nurses in some of Utah’s rural communities.

 “Putting this money in the hands of Weber State adds value because of all the other programs they support,” said Paul Jackson of IHC’s Human Resources. “We hope to be able to make these donations each year.”

Contact:

Lydia Wingate, dean of Dumke College of Health Professions
(801) 626-7117 · lwingate@weber.edu

Bryan Fryer, McKay-Dee Hospital Public Relations
(801) 387-7757

Author:

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu

Bryan Fryer, McKay-Dee Hospital Public Relations
(801) 387-7757


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