Celebrating Healthcare Workforce Development: NC Senators and Reps Visit Barton College to Presentation Check of $3.7 Million

Barton College Grabs $3.7 Million Grant for Health Sciences

North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot visited Barton College on March 22 to celebrate the development of its School of Health Sciences. During the visit, a ceremonial check presentation of $3.7 million was made to the college leadership, Board of Trustee members, faculty, and students.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, expressed gratitude for the partnership with state legislators and emphasized the importance of healthcare teaching and workforce development in Wilson and Eastern North Carolina. The college is excited about the support it has received from community partners as they work towards implementing new healthcare programs.

The funding secured by state lawmakers will primarily be used to construct an innovative health science facility at Barton College that includes a simulation hospital and teaching facility. This initiative is a direct response to the rising demand for healthcare and mental health professionals and resources in the community.

Eastern North Carolina faces shortages in nurses, nurse educators, primary care providers, access to healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and substance misuse professionals. Barton College’s position as a baccalaureate-master’s level institution offering healthcare degrees in Wilson County makes it well-positioned to address these challenges and prepare more students for careers in the healthcare workforce.

“This partnership with state legislators marks an exciting moment for our school,” said Dr. Searcy.”With this funding, we can continue to develop innovative programs that meet the needs of our community while preparing students for successful careers in healthcare.”

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