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Danville Regional Donates $500,000 to Averett University

May 16, 2011

Danville Regional Donates $500,000 to Averett University
DANVILLE, VA. (May 16, 2011) – Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) will be donating $500,000 over the next three years to Averett University’s health sciences initiative. 
“As we are all aware, the United States, as well as Virginia, continues to face a shortage of trained nurses,” said Danville Regional Chief Executive Officer Eric Deaton.  “In Virginia alone, the Virginia Health Reform Commission projects a shortage of approximately 22,600 nurses by 2020 and would be experiencing a growing need for direct support professionals.”
“We believe in investing in a healthier future for all of Danville,” added Deaton.  “This contribution will allow Averett University to further develop its Health Sciences programs, including a RN-BSN program to provide the education and training for our future healthcare professionals.  We continually support the advancement of education within the Dan River region and will maintain our devotion to improving the quality of life and health in our area.”
 “We appreciate Danville Regional’s generosity and commitment to the economic revitalization of our local community,” said Averett University President Dr. Tiffany Franks.  “Through collaborations, such as this one with Danville Regional, we are able to transform lives and offer valuable educational and career opportunities for the students of the region,” Franks added.
Averett University’s new Department of Nursing Education Chair Dr. Kathleen Quinn,
believes that as more health care professionals graduate with strong practical knowledge and critical-thinking skills, it will improve the quality of healthcare in the region over time.  This transformation requires support like Danville Regional’s donation and the recent contributions from other regional organizations. 
“The professors and students are the baseline for the significant shift towards a healthy future,” said Dr. Quinn, who will also serve as a professor at Averett University. “Through these donations, Averett will build on its well-established foundation and continue preparing graduates to achieve their long-term goals.”
Chartered in 1859 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Averett University is a coeducational, comprehensive university located in Danville, Va. The University enrolls more than 2,685 students on its main campus and in its statewide programs.
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina, providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment.  Approximately 140 physicians are on the medical staff.  The medical center employs approximately 1,200 people.  For additional information, visit www.danvilleregional.com.