For the third year in a row, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program is benefitting from the generosity of Biloxi Regional Medical Center. On June 24, Gulf Coast received $50,000 from Biloxi Regional to help aid the college’s ADN program. In 2006, Biloxi Regional donated $70,000 to Gulf Coast for additional training and financial help for nursing students, along with a $25,000 donation during that same period. Last year’s donation was $100,000, while the hospital’s first donation was in 2004 for $75,000.
“We have utilized the funds that you have given us,” said Nica Cason, Gulf Coast ADN chairperson. “They have helped our students, as well as our college. Words don’t adequately express how much we do appreciate what you do for us. Biloxi Regional Medical Center shares our vision of training quality nursing students and seeing them employed close to home.”
Gulf Coast’s ADN program annually turns out 70 percent of South Mississippi’s registered nurses, and recently the college was recognized by Community College Week magazine as one of the top 100 producers of students earning degrees in associate nursing in the nation.
In addition to Gulf Coast, Biloxi Regional also donated $50,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi and to William Carey University.
“With the continued nursing shortage, and the great need for more qualified health care workers, we hope these donations to each of these institutions will help alleviate that problem,” said Rob Briscoe, Biloxi Regional Medical Center chairman. “We’re always proud of our local nursing graduates, and we hope to get some more. We need more.”