The Mendocino Beacon

Coast Healthcare Foundation helps Mendocino College reach $72k goal


FORT BRAGG >> Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation completed the Mendocino College Foundation’s $72,000 fundraisin­g campaign for a Physiology Lab classroom, with a $30,000 grant. In Spring 2022, students will be able to take the Physiology course, a mandatory nursing pre-requisite, at the Mendocino College Coast Center campus for the first time.

The aging population along the coast, coupled with a high cost of living, amplifies the need for nurses in the region. Educating

local students interested in the profession, ensures that the area will have nurses to bolster the nursing shortage. These potential students often have local housing available and have a strong tie to the community, which helps with retention.

A primary barrier for coastal students who are seeking nursing degrees is the three-hour round trip travel time to attend classes at the Ukiah campus. The ability to offer Physiology at the Coast Center, will make the reality of becoming a nurse much more likely for local residents interested in pursuing that profession by reducing the total time and days students must travel on the road to attain their nursing degree.

The $30,000 grant from the Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation is supported by the MCHFoundat­ion Excellence in Nursing Initiative designed to support the recruitmen­t and retention of qualified nurses for healthcare providers.

The Excellence in Nursing Initiative includes a scholarshi­p campaign that will provide for continued education of working coastal nurses, college students who are working toward their nursing degree, and high school students considerin­g a career in healthcare. The Excellence in Nursing Initiative will highlight healthcare heroes and address the immediate needs for the nursing community, including the housing and childcare shortage.

To learn more about MCHFoundat­ion and its mission, visit their website at www.MCHFoudati­ To support the Excellence in Nursing Initiative with a donation, reach out directly to MCHFoundat­ion at (707) 961-4671 or use their online donation form on their website.

 ?? COURTESY OF LIA HOLBROOK ?? Mendocino College medical students.
COURTESY OF LIA HOLBROOK Mendocino College medical students.

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