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ASHH To Help Fund New MMC Facilities


Published Date6\22\2011
Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 in the Yankton Daily Press Dakotan
From PD Staff Reports

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (ASHH) announced Friday that it will contribute $750,000 to Mount Marty College (MMC) to help fund new educational facilities.

The proposed Avera Nursing Laboratory and the Avera Science Laboratory will be part of the colleges plan to develop a new healthcare and science center.

This partnership demonstrates our commitment to a nursing program that has provided us with hundreds of high quality, well-trained nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout the years, said Pamela J. Rezac, EdD, president and CEO of ASHH. We believe the Avera Nursing Laboratory and the Avera Science Laboratory will enhance the training of our future nurses and health care professionals. Yankton as a community, and as a healthcare destination, greatly benefits from a vibrant college with enhanced healthcare education programming.

A significant number of ASHHs nurses, nurse anesthetists, radiologic technologists, physicians and other healthcare professionals have graduated from Mount Marty College. Rezac said she believes low vacancy rates at the hospital in many of those professions are a result of its relationship with MMC.

The ASHH Board of Directors decided in May to invest in the project.

Rob Stephenson, ASHH vice chair said, These types of capital improvements at the college arent possible without significant contributions from the community. As one of the communitys largest businesses, Avera recognizes its need to be a leader on projects like this.

The laboratories will be located in MMCs old library, as well as Bede Hall. The total cost of the laboratory renovation is expected to be approximately $2.5 million. Gifts from other donors will allow for the completion of this project during the next two years.

This very generous gift from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital will provide for the development of state-of-the-art science and nursing facilities at Mount Marty College, said MMC Interim President Carrol Krause, EdD. Not only will this strengthen existing programs, it opens the door for adding new programs to prepare graduates for careers in the healthcare industry. We are most grateful to Avera Sacred Heart for this wonderful gift and for its continued support of Mount Marty College.

Fundraising efforts to complete Mount Marty Colleges new science center continue. Those interested in contributing may contact the Advancement Office at 605-668-1542 or email ctudor@mtmc.edu