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Published on January 07, 2008

Adventist HealthCare Creates Scholarship to Help Top Students in Health Care Majors at the Universities at Shady Grove

Rockville, MD - Adventist HealthCare, Inc. has established an endowed scholarship for students majoring in health care-related fields at the Universities of Shady Grove (USG).

“We want to encourage dedicated students to complete their degrees and move into nursing and other health-care fields, especially now when the state is facing a critical shortage of qualified health-care workers,” says William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adventist HealthCare in Rockville.

The Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Endowed Scholarship for the Health Professions  will be awarded to students with a 3.0 grade point average or above majoring in the allied health fields.

The first student recipient, Michael J. Davidson, will receive a $2,000 award for the 2007-2008 academic year.  Davidson is a senior with a 4.0 grade point average in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Nursing program offered at USG.  Davidson, who lives in Frederick, Maryland, served in the Marine Corps and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  His wife will be deploying overseas and Davidson will become the primary caregiver for their 17-month-old child as he completes his degree.

“Many USG students attend classes while working or caring for their families.  This scholarship will make a substantial difference for them to complete their degrees and start their new careers,” says Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D. and Associate Dean, at the University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Nursing, which offers degree programs at USG.  Today, USG has more than 120 students working toward their undergraduate degrees in nursing and another 40 graduate students.  In fact, USG has the largest off-site nursing enrollment outside of the Baltimore campus.

As chair of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, Robertson notes that the board’s studies show that nurses are in high demand with the current shortage expected to continue over the next decade.

In fact, the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board has examined the critical shortage of skilled health-care workers ranging from nurses to administrators to pharmacists.  Its recommendations include increasing the accessibility and affordability of higher education opportunities in health care.

In addition to nursing, degree programs in pharmacy, health services, health systems management, and health care administration are offered at USG.  A degree program in respiratory therapy is also being planned.

Adventist HealthCare is one of the largest private employers in Montgomery County with 7,200 employees and 450,000 patients cared for each year.

“Adventist HealthCare has been a very significant community partner in the development of USG,” noted Stewart Edelstein, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Maryland and Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove.  “This scholarship was created as a farewell gift for Deborah Yancer, former chair of the USG Board of Advisors and former President of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  The scholarship commemorates Ms. Yancer’s instrumental role in establishing the partnership between USG and the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.”

Deborah Yancer served as president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital from 2000-2007.  In February of 2007, she was named the chief executive officer of Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for delivering top-quality higher education programs.  USG is not one university; instead it is a collaboration of eight leading public universities in Maryland offering more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Montgomery County.  Established in 2000, the USG campus currently serves 2,600 full- and part-time students who take classes days, evenings, and weekends.

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