BIG STONE GAP — Nurse training received a big boost from the Lonesome Pine Hospital Community Fund this week in the form of $35,000 for student training and test preparation purposes.
The fund will provide financial assistance to nursing students seeking to advance their education but lacking the monetary resources to pay for various application exams.
The LPH Community Fund donation provides $20,000 to upgrade patient simulators at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and $15,000 to help students prepare for the Medical College Admission Test, Graduate Record Examinations and other graduate school admissions tests.
“This is an excellent opportunity to assist students in Southwest Virginia who will be saving the lives of our families, friends and neighbors,” said Ed Roop, chairman of the Big Stone Gap hospital’s Community Fund. “We are focused on having well-trained medical professionals delivering high-quality care to our patients, and this donation we have been privileged to make will go a long way in continuing that tradition.”
UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna Henry lauded the LPH Community Fund’s leadership for investing in future caregivers. Henry said the choice is appropriate considering the quality of the college’s nursing students. All graduates of the college’s nursing program have passed the National Council Licensure Exam.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.