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Memorial Hospital and its parent company, LifePoint Hospitals, on Wednesday announced a $100,000 donation to the PHCC Foundation to establish nursing scholarships. Shown are (from left) John Maxwell, Memorial Hospital COO; Michele Pilon, Memorial Hospital chief nursing officer; Eric Deaton, market chief executive officer for Memorial Hospital; Dean Johnston, chairman of Memorial’s board of trustees; PHCC President Angeline Godwin; Christopher Parker, executive director of the PHCC Foundation; and Gary Collins, chairman of the PHCC Foundation board. (Bulletin photos by Mike Wray)
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Officials at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County announced Wednesday a five-year, $100,000 scholarship program for PHCC nursing students.

Memorial Hospital and its parent company, LifePoint Hospitals, have committed to provide the funds to the PHCC Foundation to establish the Martinsville Memorial Fellows Scholarship Program. The program will provide $20,000 annually for five years for six Fellows Scholarship awards.

Three scholarships will be awarded to current PHCC nursing program students or graduating high school students accepted into the PHCC nursing program, and three awards will be made to PHCC nursing students upon graduation from the program. Graduates will use the scholarships to enroll in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program at Old Dominion University.

“The Virginia Health Reform Commission has projected a shortage of almost 23,000 nurses by the year 2020,” said Eric Deaton, market chief executive officer for Memorial Hospital. “Realizing that nurses are an integral part of our hospital, and that education plays a vital role in building the economy of our region, we believe investing in the future of students pursuing nursing degrees in our community is one way Memorial Hospital can offset or ease this shortfall and ensure that we have well -trained nurses available and living in our community to provide needed care for our patients.”

He also noted that the national median age of nurses is 46, with more than 50 percent nearing retirement. At the same time, there is a vast increase in the number of people over age 65, he said.

The program will award its first scholarships this fall. PHCC students interested in applying for the awards or needing additional information should contact the PHCC Foundation office: Frith Hall, Room 153, 645 Patriot Road, Martinsville, Va.; phone 656-0200; or email

Certain eligibility requirements apply:

• Participants must have a 3.5 GPA in the PHCC nursing program (or in high school). That GPA must be maintained throughout the Fellows program.

• Participants must commit to a term of employment with Memorial Hospital upon completion of the program and successfully passing Virginia licensure examinations.

“Quality health care is a major cornerstone of our community’s economic future,” said Angeline Godwin, president of PHCC. “The Martinsville Memorial Fellows Scholarship Program addresses one of the most critical needs in our area — health care.”

“PHCC is proud to partner with Memorial Hospital in continuing to educate and provide top-quality nurses to our health care industry and are truly excited about this program, which is not only a vote of confidence in our college and our students, but a strong vote of confidence in our community as well,” Godwin added.

Memorial’s services include 24/7 emergency care, inpatient/outpatient surgical services, advanced cancer treatment, wound/hyperbaric care, women’s and children’s services, diagnostics, cardiology, rehabilitation, sleep disorder and pain management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff.

The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers.


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