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Phoebe, ATC expands educational partnership, aims for nursing increase

Phoebe, ATC expands partnership
Phoebe, ATC expands partnership(Phoebe Health System)
Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 12:57 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Phoebe and Albany Technical College (ATC) are expanding their educational partnership in an effort to increase the number of nursing students at the college.

A release from said the goal is to increase the number of annual spots in the ATC Associate of Science Nursing program to 120 for the fall semester.

“Even before COVID-19, the nursing shortage was becoming a national crisis, and the pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.  We must take bold and immediate action to boost the number of nursing graduates in southwest Georgia, and we are grateful that leaders at Albany Tech and our other educational partners are willing to implement innovative solutions to address this issue,” said Dr. Evelyn Olenick, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer.

Through an agreement in 2020, Phoebe funded the salary and benefits for a full-time biology instructor and one-half of a full-time nursing instructor at ATC.

Phoebe, ATC expands partnership
Phoebe, ATC expands partnership(Phoebe Health System)

On Wednesday, updated that agreement that keeps the original funding in place and expands it. Phoebe agreed to fund half the cost of two additional full-time nursing faculty and provide Phoebe nurses to teach part-time at ATC.

Dr. Anthony Parker, ATC President
Dr. Anthony Parker, ATC President(Phoebe Health System)

“To graduate more nurses, we must provide more nursing classes, and we can only do that if we increase the number of faculty members,” said Dr. Anthony Parker, ATC President.  “We appreciate Phoebe’s willingness to help us hire additional instructors, and we look forward to providing an outstanding education to many more southwest Georgians who want to pursue a career in nursing.”

The release said Phoebe will also provide recruitment expertise to help attract nursing faculty, and Phoebe reaffirmed its commitment to provide $30,000 in scholarships for students in ATC’s emergency medical technician program.

Scott Steiner, Phoebe President & CEO
Scott Steiner, Phoebe President & CEO(Phoebe Health System)

“We worked closely with Dr. Parker and his team at Albany Tech to set some ambitious goals, and I am grateful they are so excited to get to work to reach those goals,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President & CEO.  “We will be looking for opportunities to do even more in the future as we work together to try to make sure Phoebe and other healthcare providers in southwest Georgia have the pipeline of well-trained nurses necessary to provide quality care to the people in our part of the state,” Steiner added.

Read the full release here.

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