August 29, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Nursing Program Receives Scholarship Monies from MVMA Foundation

The Nursing Program at SUNY Empire State College receives scholarship donation from Mohawk Valley Medical Associates Foundation board of trustees.

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Bridget Nettleton, dean of the Nursing Program at SUNY Empire State College, has announced that the Mohawk Valley Medical Associates Foundation board of trustees approved a donation to SUNY Empire State College’s Nursing Program in the amount of $1,500. for scholarships. The monies are available to nursing students within a nine-county geographic region, who have plans to work in that area after graduation, and who demonstrate financial need.

“As a relatively new program, we appreciate the vote of confidence and support that these scholarship monies represent,” said Nettleton. “In these tough economic times, college students need all the help they can get to finance their educations. We sincerely thank the MVMA Foundation for these scholarship monies. They will be put to good use.”

Dr. Richard B. Toll, M.D., MVMA president said, “The physician members of MVMA recognize the essential role nurses serve as colleagues on the health-care team. Through our foundation, we wished to facilitate the entry of deserving men and women into Empire State College’s Nursing Program. We look forward to working with the college’s graduates in the delivery of quality and compassionate health care to our patients.”

Empire State College’s Nursing Program began in 2008 to help address the area’s and the nation’s nursing shortage, and to provide RNs with a way to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The first graduate of the college’s nursing program was awarded a degree in 2010. Research has shown that the higher a nurse’s level of education, the better are patient outcomes.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

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About the MVMA

Mohawk Valley Medical Associates is an Independent Practice Association formed in 1983 by Schenectady area physicians. The IPA has grown to over 2000 physicians since then, and has an exclusive arrangement with MVP Health Care to deliver care to its members. The association is the oldest and largest IPA affiliated with MVP, with approximately100,000 MVP members in the nine-county geographic area. The nine counties covered are Schenectady, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Warren, Washington, Albany, Rensselaer and Schoharie counties.


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