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Hartnell Nursing Center To Be Named in Honor of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

October 19th, 2010

Hartnell Nursing Center To Be Named in Honor of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Naming Event: Today, October 19, 2010, 4 - 6 p.m.

Press contact: Jackie Cruz- Ortega, 831-444-2446

Hartnell College honors Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System for their long-term investment in developing an excellent health care workforce

Hartnell College is pleased to announce the naming of the nursing facility at the college in honor of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. The center, located in the new CALL building at the corner of Central and Homestead avenues on the main campus in Salinas, is now called the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Nursing Education Center at Hartnell College.

SVMHS leadership will tour the Nursing Center today at a reception in their honor at 4:30 p.m.

Since 2004, SVMHS has contributed more than $3 million to the nursing program at Hartnell College, making them the single largest donor to the college.

According to Sam Downing, CEO/President of SVMHS, "We are very pleased to be honored by Hartnell College for our continued support to help develop a quality nursing program at the local college. We know that resources are limited in health care and that by working together we can have a strong nursing program. We have been supporting the program actively since 2004 and view this as making a long term investment in strong health care for the local community."

SVMHS has been the key player in reinvigorating Hartnell’s nursing program, which now has a pass rate on the NCLX exam of 96%. This is the exam that student nurses must pass after they complete their nursing training at the college.

One year ago, the college’s health science program, under the leadership of Mary Young, Director of Nursing and Assistant Dean of Health Sciences, moved from Natividad Medical Center back to the main campus.

Hartnell President Phoebe Helm says, “The college is committed to providing the very best of education in health care paths in the health sciences for the community and is proud of the success of our nursing students and the diversity of our nursing graduates both in terms of gender and ethnicity. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System."

SVMHS has been an investor in the nursing program since 2004, insuring that the college has been able to attract first-rate faculty, assisting to provide them with professional development and providing important support services to students.

This year the college has 122 students enrolled in RN and VN programs, including a new evening and weekend program. Seven full-time faculty and 17 part-time faculty support the program. With a high fidelity simulation lab in its new facilities, the program is growing and flourishing.