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Piedmont Henry Partners with Henry County Schools and Gordon State College to Establish Community Innovation Partnership

Stockbridge, Ga. (Dec. 8, 2022) – On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Piedmont Henry Hospital signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Henry County Schools and Gordon State College (GSC) to form the Community Innovation Partnership regarding a nursing pathway program for Henry County dual-enrollment students. After the signing, there was a check presentation for $100,000 from the Piedmont Henry medical executive committee designated to the GSC Foundation for nursing scholarships.

“The state’s public colleges and universities have prioritized teaching students the skills they need to make an impact in Georgia’s workforce, especially in critical areas of need for our state such as healthcare,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor, Sonny Perdue. “This partnership between Gordon State College, Henry County Schools and Piedmont Henry Hospital does just that, giving students a head start toward earning their college degree while learning the specialized skills that employers in their community need. USG is committed to student success, and this is another example of how we grow the state’s workforce and help Georgians succeed.”

The mission behind the partnership is to provide a comprehensive approach to solving both educational and economic developmental needs. The education partners will jointly benefit from increased student attainment and therefore increase graduation rates, student satisfaction and engagement. The business sector partners will benefit from a dedicated pipeline of quality applicants, increased employee satisfaction and lower turnover. The program will afford the participants to complete their baccalaureate degree within two years. As a result, the program participants will have entered the workforce two years earlier, decreased the time of degree completion and reduced the overall cost of their college education.

“We are excited to play a significant role in this program and help shepherd the next generation of nurses into healthcare careers,” said Piedmont Henry Chief Nursing Officer, Paula Butts.

Under the agreement, the dual-enrollment students will complete up to 60 credits towards their associate degree during their sophomore, junior and senior years through a combination of dual credit courses taken at one of the Henry County School District high schools and GSC. Program participants completing the program should finish their Associate of Science degree parallel with the completion of their high school diploma. Up to five Henry County dual-enrollment students who complete the program and meet the admission criteria will gain guaranteed admittance to GSC Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program.

“I’d like to thank Piedmont Henry’s Medical Executive Committee for their generous donation,” said Piedmont Henry CEO, Lily Henson, M.D. “This is a significant investment in the hospital and community, as well as in the lives of these students.”

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