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Kadlec Announces Major Gift to WSU Tri-Cities Nursing Program

Published January 19, 2015

Kadlec Regional Medical Center has made a landmark $18 million gift to support the Washington State University Tri- Cities College of Nursing. It is the largest single gift in the history of the Washington State University campus in Richland, Wash.

“A gift of this magnitude will truly transform our ability to advance the health of Washingtonians by expanding access to health care,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “We sincerely thank Kadlec Regional Medical Center for their generous investment in Washington State University and the communities it serves.”

Kadlec’s commitment creates five new endowed faculty positions on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. The Kadlec Distinguished Chairs will allow WSU Tri-Cities to recruit doctoral-prepared faculty with the expertise necessary to meet the region’s need for nurse practitioners. The goal is to increase the number of those earning the doctor of nursing practice degree, or DNP, throughout the region.

“We are excited to help WSU create a doctor of nursing practice program on the Tri-Cities campus. These endowed positions will help attract world-class instructors to our community and ensure a first-class program for years to come,” said Rand Wortman, Kadlec chief executive. “The nurse practitioners who graduate from the program will not only be a tremendous benefit to Kadlec, but to other health care organizations around the northwest. We greatly value our relationship with WSU and look forward to a productive partnership.”

“We are thrilled to embark on a new era for how health care needs are addressed in the Tri- Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, and surrounding communities,” said WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young. “This remarkable gift from Kadlec will help WSU Tri-Cities become a national leader in nursing education and practice, and represents a generous commitment to improve access to quality health care throughout our region.”

Kadlec has had a long-standing commitment to enhance and bolster the health care workforce in the Tri-Cities community and region. In 2012, Kadlec committed more than 12,000 square feet of space in Richland to the university, along with $250,000 in equipment to create a state-of-the art home for WSU Tri-Cities’ nursing education program. Kadlec has also provided scholarship support for nursing students over the years.