Methodist Healthcare Ministries awards nearly $2 million in multiple grants to HSC
By Catherine Duncan
Continuing a longstanding tradition of supporting the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s efforts to improve the health of residents of San Antonio and South Texas, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. (MHM), recently awarded almost $2 million in seven grants to the university.
School of Nursing to receive $1.1 million
The largest grant is $1.1 million to the School of Nursing for a project titled “Strengthening the Advanced Degree Nursing Pipeline.” The grant period is for the 2014 calendar year. This initiative will include partnership and coordination with other institutions to reduce barriers to advanced degrees.
The grant is designed to help address the nursing workforce shortage by graduating more nurses with advanced degrees, including:
Eileen Breslin, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the School of Nursing, said the grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries will help the nursing school build an educational pipeline that will graduate more registered nurses and provide nurses who already have associate’s or bachelor’s degrees the opportunity to earn higher degrees.
“This program will offer a three-pronged approach: strengthen student enrollments, strengthen community collaborations and strengthen nursing-faculty teaching skills,” Dr. Breslin said. “This grant will benefit the academic environment as well as the health care environment.”
The School of Nursing will use the grant to increase enrollment in the traditional B.S.N. program as well as the A.D.N. to M.S.N. program.
The MHM grant will also allow the nursing school to conduct on-site advising sessions at San Antonio College. The program will identify San Antonio College faculty enrolled in the university’s M.S.N. in Nursing Education or Post-Master’s Certificate Program so they can provide mentoring to students. Also planned in 2014 are unique recruitment events to build the advanced degree nursing pipeline.
Seventeen years of support for a stronger and healthier community
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the UT Health Science Center, said Methodist Healthcare Ministries has worked with the university since 1996 to build a stronger and healthier community.
“Methodist Healthcare Ministries supports us in improving our educational and research initiatives while also helping us to provide patient care where it is needed most,” Dr. Henrich said. “This recent round of grants provides funding for a wide spectrum of worthy projects.”
Additional grants for dental and medical programs
Other grants recently announced by Methodist Healthcare Ministries to the Health Science Center include:
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