Barton College Celebrates Health Sciences Program Development with Major Funding Boost

Barton College Grabs $3.7 Million Grant for Health Sciences

On March 22, Barton College welcomed North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot to mark the development of the School of Health Sciences on campus. The visit was a significant milestone for the College as they received a ceremonial check presentation of $3.7 million in funding from state lawmakers.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, expressed gratitude for the partnership with state legislators and highlighted the importance of advancing healthcare teaching and workforce development in Wilson and Eastern North Carolina. The College is excited 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, featuring 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 is experiencing shortages in nurses, nurse educators, and primary care providers. Concurrently, the need for access to healthcare, mental health, and substance misuse professionals is on the rise. 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.

Barton College has been dedicated to improving access to quality healthcare education in Wilson County since its founding over 100 years ago. With this new funding in place, they are confident that they can continue to make a positive impact on their community’s health outcomes by training more qualified professionals in various fields within their School of Health Sciences program.

As representatives from local government agencies visited Barton’s campus on Friday March 22nd during a visit that celebrated their school’s progression into one offering Health Science programs at baccalaureate-master’s level degree options – it was clear that this establishment had come a long way since its beginning over 100 years ago with an aim at improving accessibility to quality education within Wilson county while preparing more qualified individuals into entering into their respective careers.

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