The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) has awarded Clemson University and the University of South Carolina $25,000 each to support the development of a high-quality healthcare workforce, with the potential for two additional years of funding at the same or higher level.
SCHA’s Indigo Enrichment Scholarship has committed an initial award of $25,000 to Clemson’s School of Nursing for its partnership with the Greenville Health System and $25,000 to the Department of Health Services Policy & Management in USC’s Arnold School of Public Health. Subsequent funding in year two and beyond will be determined based on an annual review.
Clemson’s School of Nursing will use the funds to help create interprofessional opportunities within the clinical learning environment, said Director Kathleen Valentine.
“We’re grateful for South Carolina Hospital Association’s support of our efforts to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to work at the top of their license as a Registered Nurse,” Valentine said. “Through these funds, students will have increased access to experts in the fields of interprofessional teamwork, continuum of care, population health and community health. We want to make students aware of career opportunities within hospitals and in communities that extend the rich contributions nurses offer to patients and families and enable nurses to thrive within their professional role.”
USC will use the funds to support students in the Master of Health Administration program, according to program director Bankole Olatosi.
“The SCHA scholarship will help the MHA program as it prepares students for positions to advance the provision of effective, efficient and equitable health services in South Carolina,” Olatosi said. “Our students will benefit from the increased access to professional education available through conferences, meetings, and trainings to complement their education. Such opportunities will also be used as a marketing tool for recruiting more talented future health administrators to South Carolina.”
The scholarship program is funded by Solvent Networks, a division of the hospital association that partners with endorsed companies that provide workforce and operational services to state hospitals and health systems. Companies earn the Solvent Networks stamp of approval by negotiating the best possible price for services and sharing revenue that supports SCHA priorities, such as workforce development.
“SCHA recently completed on-site meetings with leaders of every hospital in the state to learn more about their issues and challenges. Topping the list was recruiting and retaining a quality workforce,” said Lara Hewitt, Solvent Networks vice president for workforce and partner engagement. “That makes it our priority, and we’re pleased to be able to awards these grants to help prepare the next generation of healthcare staff.”