Staff Report

Hancock College’s long-time partnership with Marian Regional Medical Center is being celebrated with the renaming of Building M as the Health, Science & Mathematics Building, in recognition of Marian’s nearly three decades of financial support to the college’s nursing program.

“For nearly 30 years, Marian has provided in excess of $3.5 million to help support and expand our nursing programs,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers. “We think that’s cause to celebrate and to acknowledge their participation in a very public and long-lasting way.

“The ongoing success of our nursing programs is in large part due to the partnership with Marian,” Walthers said.

In 1990, Marian helped the college develop an RN program to connect with its existing LVN program. The college was then able to fast-track RN training and graduate more nurses, meeting industry demand.

During a Nov. 14 re-dedication ceremony, Marian Regional Medical Center President and CEO Sue Andersen announced to the crowd of 150 that as part of its commitment to the RN program, Marian would be increasing its financial support.

“It has been our pleasure to be part of this very successful partnership for the past 28 years and counting,” said Andersen. “We are thrilled to be able to take this next step, not only for current and future students, but for the community at large, which benefits from the excellent nurses who graduate from this program.”

Among those in attendance were Marian Regional Medical Center and Hancock representatives, along with Hancock nursing faculty, former faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

More information about the college’s two-year LVN-RN ladder program can be found on its nursing program website.