On March 22, 2024, a group of individuals gathered at Burton College in Wilson, North Carolina to mark the progress of the School of Health Sciences on campus. Among those in attendance were North Carolina Senator Buck Newton and North Carolina Representative Ken Fontenot, who presented a ceremonial $3.7 million check to the college’s leadership, Board of Trustees members, faculty and students. This funding will support the development of innovative healthcare programs at Barton College, aimed at meeting the growing demand for healthcare professionals in Wilson and eastern North Carolina.

The region is currently experiencing a shortage of nurses, nurse educators, primary care providers and mental health professionals, creating challenges in accessing care for residents. Barton College, as the only institution offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in Wilson County, is well positioned to meet these challenges and provide pathways for students to enter the healthcare workforce. The development of new health care programs at Barton College will help meet the growing demand for health care services in the region and contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, expressed his appreciation for the partnership with state legislators and community support in advancing health education and workforce development in the region. The financial resources provided by the legislators will primarily be directed to the construction of a health facility with a simulation hospital and a teaching facility. This initiative is a direct response to the growing need for health and mental health professionals in Eastern North Carolina.

Barton College’s commitment to addressing this critical issue is reflected not only through its efforts to expand its offerings but also through its ongoing collaboration with local healthcare providers

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