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McLeod Health partners in Nursing Education program

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Front Row: (from Left to right) Dr. Kyle Wagner, College President, Northeastern Technical College; Marcia Wilds, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Dillon; Bren Lowe, Administrator, McLeod Health Cheraw  Back Row: (from Left to right) Andy Ingram, Mayor of Cheraw; Dan Bozard, Board Chairman, Northeastern Technical College; Dan Allen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Health Cheraw Front Row: (from Left to right) Dr. Kyle Wagner, College President, Northeastern Technical College; Marcia Wilds, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Dillon; Bren Lowe, Administrator, McLeod Health Cheraw Back Row: (from Left to right) Andy Ingram, Mayor of Cheraw; Dan Bozard, Board Chairman, Northeastern Technical College; Dan Allen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, McLeod Health Cheraw McLeod Health

CHERAW, S.C. — As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made a contribution to an area nursing school. Support of valuable educational offerings is reflected in this year's $25,000 gift to Northeastern Technical College.


Nursing represents the nation's largest health care profession and the largest single component of hospital staff. By the year 2030, South Carolina will be one of four states with a nursing shortage of more than 10,000 according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional nurses will be needed to care for the aging population, who typically have more medical problems than younger people.

"The need for healthcare services is increasing as the number of aging baby boomers continues to grow," stated Dan Allen, chief nursing officer for McLeod Health Cheraw. "As a result, more nurses are needed to educate and care for patients than ever before. This is the reason it is crucial to for our healthcare organization to support the education program at Northeastern Technical College so that we can continue to educate nurses for years to come."

According to Allen, nurses serve an important role in the delivery of quality health care.

"McLeod Health recognizes the value of our nurse's contribution in patient care," said Allen. "They do so much to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently in our hospitals. Providing patient advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, participation in shaping health policies and patient education are also key nursing roles. With competent nurses as part of the medical team, McLeod Health is capable of carrying out its mission of providing quality health care for patients in the region."

Since nurses are essential to health care and the region's economy, this rural area is extremely fortunate to have access to the high-quality nursing education program available at Northeastern Technical College.

"We are fortunate to have the support of these outstanding institutions," said Debbie Locklair, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. "We rely on each graduating class for their well-educated, qualified candidates."

Northeastern Technical College offers multiple stackable credential certifications in the area of allied health, allowing students to progress in the field of nursing. NETC students can choose to go directly into the two-year ADN program to become a registered nurse, or the one-year LPN program to become a licensed practical nurse. With the stackable credentials models, students can start with the Nursing Assistant and/or Phlebotomy program, move on to earn higher certification with one year LPN program, and then transition into the college's ADN program which prepares students for the Registered Nurse boards.

"NETC is pleased to partner with McLeod Health," says Dr. Kyle Wagner, president of Northeastern Technical College. "This generous gift is a great help to students and the community by focusing the nursing education program on critical health-related issues throughout rural South Carolina."

Dr. Wagner called McLeod's contribution vital for the ongoing partnership benefitting health education and healthcare in rural communities throughout the state.

"We are grateful for the support of McLeod Health" said Dr. Wagner. "McLeod's continuous support is making nursing degrees a reality for hundreds of students in our rural area. Their willingness to share facilities and provide staff for clinical work has been a critical element in supporting the community's healthcare needs and growing of our health sciences programs at Northeastern Technical College. McLeod is a great employer and an asset to our rural community by bringing valuable careers to many of our graduates. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand our partnership in the many years ahead."

"The relationship and financial support of nursing education is imperative to McLeod Health and our area," added Marcia Wilds, chief nursing officer for McLeod Health Dillon. “The region and the state need these future nurses. They are a vital component in the provision of excellent, quality health care in our communities."