Barton College Celebrates $3.7 Million Partnership with NC State Lawmakers to Enhance Health Sciences Education and Workforce Development in Eastern North Carolina

Barton College Grabs $3.7 Million Grant for Health Sciences

Barton College welcomed North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot to campus on March 22 to celebrate the development of the School of Health Sciences. During their visit, a ceremonial check presentation of $3.7 million was made to college leadership, Board of Trustee members, faculty, and students.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, expressed his 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 of 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, which includes 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 faces shortages in nurses, nurse educators, and primary care providers while also experiencing a rise in the need for 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 address these challenges and help prepare more students to enter the healthcare workforce.

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