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Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies forms affiliation with Catholic Health Initiatives


Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies in Washington, D.C., and Catholic Health Initiatives – a healthcare system – have formed an affiliation to support nursing leadership development and quality of care, according to a news release.

Through the arrangement, nurse employees of Colorado-based CHI who are accepted to and enrolled in Nursing@Georgetown, the online MSN program from NHS, will receive a 12% scholarship. Students will complete the clinical portion of their program in or close to their own communities.

“This is a great match and alignment of missions,” Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, said in the release. “Our master’s program in nursing – offered both on campus and online – is guided by a strong values-based model that is grounded in the university’s Catholic, Jesuit identity. Our goal is to educate advanced nurse leaders and impact the health of communities around the nation with an eye toward underserved areas. With its large network of hospitals and faith-oriented approach, Catholic Health Initiatives will be a great collaborator in this effort.”

CHI operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals, 40 long-term care, assisted-and residential-living facilities, two community health-services organizations, two accredited nursing colleges and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education, and research, according to the release.

“We are focused on implementing evidence-based care, advancing nursing leadership, and promoting quality and safety – all within our organization’s faith-based mission,” Kathleen D. Sanford, RN, DBA, CENP, FACHE, senior vice president and CNO at Catholic Health Initiatives, said in the release. “Providing our nurses the opportunity to pursue an advanced nursing degree from the nation’s oldest Catholic, Jesuit university will benefit them as individuals, as well as the patients we serve across our diverse network of clinical sites.”


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