Barton College Grabs $3.7 Million Grant for Health Sciences

Barton College Receives $3.7 Million Grant to Expand Healthcare Education in Eastern North Carolina

On Friday, March 22, North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot visited Barton College to celebrate the development of the School of Health Sciences on campus. During their 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 advancing healthcare teaching and workforce development in Wilson and Eastern North Carolina. The College is thrilled about the support from community partners as they work towards implementing new healthcare programs.

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

Eastern North Carolina is facing shortages in nurses, nurse educators, primary care providers, as well as access to healthcare, mental health and substance misuse professionals. Barton College, as the only baccalaureate-master’s level institution offering healthcare degrees in Wilson County, is well-positioned to tackle these challenges head-on and help prepare more students to enter the healthcare workforce.

Senator Newton commended Barton College on its efforts to address critical issues facing our communities today. “Healthcare education is essential for providing quality care to citizens across our state,” he said. “Barton College’s commitment to developing future leaders in this field is commendable.”

Representative Fontenot also expressed his appreciation for Barton College’s dedication to improving healthcare in Eastern North Carolina. “I am proud of how much progress we have made so far,” he said. “But there is still much work left to do.”

As Barton College continues its mission to provide high-quality education and training for future healthcare professionals, it remains committed to working closely with state lawmakers like Senator Newton and Representative Fontenot to ensure that its programs remain relevant and responsive to the needs of our communities.

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