The need for better access to health care in our state is well documented and is an issue we must address in every way possible. On Monday, Kadlec Regional Medical Center made a truly transformational investment that will help advance the health and well being of our state’s residents by increasing the research and teaching capacity of Washington State University’s nursing program.
Kadlec CEO Rand Wortman joined WSU Regent Lura Powell and WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young to announce an $18 million endowment to create five new faculty positions in the Doctor of Nurse Practice program at WSU Tri-Cities. It is a remarkable and generous commitment to the community and the state and and to the well-being of its residents. It is a gift that will positively impact the WSU nursing program in both quantity and quality.
DNPs are nurses with three years of graduate education addressing evidence-based practice, clinical care and healthcare-quality research. In many communities, they are becoming primary care providers. WSU is the No. 1 provider of the increasingly in demand DNP degree in our region. The opportunity to fill five new faculty positions in this critical area greatly expands our capacity to train nurse practitioners and to place research-qualified faculty in the Tri Cities.
Kadlec’s investment also is a gift that ensures the DNP program is of the highest quality. Endowed chairs are the gold standard in recruiting the best faculty. The Kadlec Distinguished Chairs will allow us to recruit faculty with the expertise necessary to prepare nurse practitioners. It positions WSU as a national leader in nursing education and practice.
Kadlec has long been a strong partner to WSU in our pursuit of excellence in healthcare. In recent years, it committed both space and equipment to create a state-of-the-art home for WSU Tri-Cities nursing education program. Kadlec also has long provided scholarship support for nursing students.
Washington State needs access to quality healthcare in every community. Thanks to Kadlec, we together are taking another step toward a healthier Washington.