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New partnership to provide opportunities for students studying health care

Stormont Vail Health, Stormont Vail Foundation, Washburn University and Washburn University Institute of Technology are excited to announce a scholarship program partnership to increase access to health care education and career fields.

As part of the partnership, Stormont Vail and Stormont Vail Foundation will provide financial and scholarship support to local students who are fulfilling their education to enter a health care career. In exchange for the support, students will sign a work commitment with Stormont Vail.

“This partnership aligns with our mission of ‘working together to improve the health of our community,” said Carol Perry, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, Stormont Vail Health. “These scholarships will allow our health system and the communities we serve to have a talent pipeline of high-quality and highly skilled team members to continue to provide the high-quality care that Stormont Vail is known for.”

“We are proud to have formed this partnership between Washburn, Stormont Vail Health and the Stormont Vail Foundation,” said Amy Burns, president and executive director, Stormont Vail Foundation. “These scholarships will enable more students to explore careers in health care and the ability to join one of the top health systems in the state of Kansas upon graduation.”

Washburn University and Washburn Tech regularly partner with area companies to ensure there is a high quality local workforce ready to meet the needs of the community and region.

“Washburn Tech has always been committed to providing a well-trained workforce for our community,” said Gary Bayens, dean, Washburn Tech. “We are excited to partner with Stormont Vail in this capacity, especially during a time when we all understand the importance of ensuring we have highly-skilled health care workers.”

The partnership creates opportunities for students enrolled in the health care programs at Washburn Tech and in the School of Nursing and School of Applied Studies at Washburn University. Areas included in the scholarship program are nursing, surgical technology, health care technology, respiratory therapy and physical therapy, just to name a few.

“We are grateful to Stormont Vail for providing these important scholarships for students who want to study health care,” said JuliAnn Mazachek, vice president for academic affairs, Washburn University. “Their generosity will make it possible for more students to have access to a great education as they prepare for a career taking care of others in a rewarding and ever changing health care environment.”

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