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Cibola General Hospital commits $320,000 to nursing program at NMSU Grants

Cibola General Hospital will donate $80,000 per year during the next four years to support New Mexico State University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Grants. The program seeks to address the statewide shortage of trained and qualified nurses by sending professors from NMSU in Las Cruces to the NMSU Grants campus to deliver courses.

"This support from Cibola General Hospital will greatly assist us in working to meet the need for nurses in that part of the state," said NMSU President Barbara Couture. "Engaging in partnerships with local stakeholders is a creative approach that can result in benefits for both the university and the community. Above all, it is a chance to extend our reach in the important process of providing educational opportunities in a way that helps ensure student success."

Cibola General Hospital contributed $320,000 during the previous four years as well, bringing their total eight-year commitment to the program to $640,000.

"Cibola General Hospital is proud to partner with NMSU Grants to develop and foster a 'grow our own' BSN program," said Michael Makosky, CEO of Cibola General Hospital. "We are experiencing a nationwide nursing shortage and our community is no exception. So far we have hired several students from the program who would have otherwise had to go out of the community for their education and careers. Having the program here not only benefits the hospital, but it also benefits the community and our people who choose nursing as their career."

The program is run by NMSU's School of Nursing in the College of Health and Social Services in Las Cruces. A number of instructors regularly travel between Grants and Las Cruces to teach classes and mentor students.

"Cibola General Hospital's very generous gift will help us prepare more students at NMSU Grants for careers in nursing," said Tilahun Adera, dean of the College of Health and Social Services. "Many of these students will want to work at Cibola General Hospital because they have family and friends in that county."

"We are proud of the contribution that the School of Nursing at NMSU has been able to make to increase the number of BSN's practicing in the Grants area," said Pam Schultz, director of NMSU's School of Nursing. "We look upon this success as a viable model for providing much needed BSN's to rural New Mexico."

"Rural community colleges understand the need to align our academic programs to local workforce needs because we do not want to 'educate our students to flee' our rural communities," said NMSU Grants President Felicia Casados. "The economic wellbeing of America needs to take into account that 16 percent of America remains rural. All together we have a compelling reason to encourage rural students not to flee their rural communities in New Mexico and throughout America."