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Over Half A Million Dollars Donated Nursing

June 21, 2006 

by Marah Beltz

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Over $500,000 in donations were presented to the Bethune-Cookman College School of Nursing at a press conference held on campus today.  The donations, $250,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and $150,000 from both Florida Hospital Memorial System and Halifax Medical Center are making it possible for B-CC to purchase a building that will serve as the new home for the School of Nursing.  Donations were also made members of the Bethune-Cookman College Board of Trustees and college President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed totaling $150,900.   
“The donations made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Florida Hospital Memorial System and Halifax Medical Center along with the Trustees’ donations have had a monumental impact on our ability to purchase this building,” said Reed.   “This venture exemplifies our commitment to civic engagement and social responsibility.  With this new building we will be able to expand enrollment in the Nursing Program so that we can continue to do our part in educating qualified nurses to help reduce our local and state-wide nursing shortages.”  

The property, located at 739 West International Speedway Boulevard, will feature eight high-tech “Smart” classrooms, a 300-seat lecture hall, a seminar room, two simulation labs, a skills lab, a computer lab, 16 offices and a nurse-managed health clinic.    

The nurse-managed health clinic has been designed to address health disparities within the community.   

“This addition to the nursing program will enhance the learning experiences of students as well as provide a valuable resource to people who are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases,” said Dr. Alma Dixon, Dean of the School of Nursing.    

Senator Tony Hill and Representative Joyce Cusack were also in attendance at the press conference.  Hill expressed his excitement over the nurse-managed clinic and how pleased he is that B-CC nursing students are being trained to serve at-risk communities and to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.   

Cusack, who is a Registered Nurse, spoke about how she knows first-hand the affects of the nursing shortage and how important it is for B-CC to expand its program.  Both Hill and Cusack applauded the School of Nursing for this undertaking and its continued commitment to the community.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit