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Methodist Healthcare Ministries awards nearly $2 million in multiple grants to HSC

Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 · Volume: XLVII · Issue: 1

The School of Nursing, led by Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, gets the lion’s share of nearly $2 million awarded to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc.
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The School of Nursing, led by Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, gets the lion’s share of nearly $2 million awarded to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc.clear graphic

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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:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.);
  • Accelerated B.S.N.,
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.);
  • Alternate-Entry M.S.N. for Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.)/Diploma Registered Nurses;
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing; and
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).
Building the nursing education pipeline
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:
  • $330,095 to the Dental School for “Residency Training Program – Laredo;”
  • $214,088 to the Dental School for “Direct Dental Services and Training of Dental Students/Residents at San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic/Haven for Hope;”
  • $71,295 to the Dental School for “Pediatric Dental Care at the Ricardo Salinas Dental Clinic” and $15,000 for “Dental Sealant Day with Edgewood ISD;”
  • $193,845 to the School of Medicine for “The Dr. Russell L. Woodard General Surgery Residency Scholars Program;” and
  • $30,000 to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics for “Frontera de Salud."

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