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McLeod Health Foundation Donates $75,000 To FDTC

McLeod Health Foundation presented a check for $75,000 to Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Nursing Program on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Health Sciences Campus in downtown Florence. 

The gift is an ongoing award from McLeod to FDTC for nursing scholarships. FDTC nursing students attend clinical training at McLeod and many of them go to work at the hospital’s facilities when they graduate.

“I do believe that nursing healthcare is such a future for all of us,” said Tony Derrick, McLeod Health Chief Nursing Officer. “Florence-Darlington Tech’s roots in healthcare has been truly a foundation to keep us all going. I think that’s the key to our success and our ongoing growth.”

With the high demand for nurses in the industry, Florence-Darlington Technical College is able to provide highly qualified and educated nurse candidates to McLeod Reginal Medical Center, through the college’s extensive, hands-on education. More than 100 graduates complete FDTC’s nursing programs each year.

Jill Lewis, Vice President of FDTC’s Education Foundation said, “McLeod is one of our MVP’s, Most Valuable Partners!” Tony Derrick added that the partnership between the hospital and the college is very valuable to the growth of healthcare in the region.

“We always say that patients seek out medical care at a hospital, but patients stay in the hospital for nursing care, and so we want to make sure that our nursing programs feel supportive, but not just the nursing but the allied programs as well,” Derrick said. “The reason that we need to keep these relationships is because we know that we need future employees to help sustain the healthcare for this region. Our patients in our community deserve it, and that’s why we’re here.”

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