Benefactor of the Year

From left are Technical College Foundation Association President Larry Paulk, Southern Regional Technical College VP of Advancement Amy Maison, Colquitt Regional Foundation Chair the Rev. Hugh Ward, Colquitt Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Matney, SRTC Foundation Trustee Robby Pitts, SRTC Foundation Vice Chair Bob Swadel and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The state’s technical colleges recently recognized Moultrie’s hospital as one of their 2018 Benefactors of the Year.

The award, presented Oct. 30 in Savannah by the Technical College Foundation Association, acknowledged Colquitt Regional Medical Center’s tremendous and generous support of the students, educators, and mission of Southern Regional Technical College, according to a press release from the college.

Colquitt Regional Medical Center, led by CEO Jim Matney, and the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation, led by the Rev. Hugh Ward and Executive Director Nicole Gilbert, have continually championed technical education in the Southwest Georgia area, the press release said.

“Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation seeks to support initiatives that improve the quality and access to health care resources in Southwest Georgia,” Ward said. “Southern Regional helps us do just that, so we are proud to support their programs.”

Recently, Colquitt Regional Medical Center has taken extraordinary measures to become one of SRTC’s most important partners in providing quality, up-to-date, and necessary health sciences education for the future of the region, SRTC said. In anticipation of the growing community’s needs, Colquitt Regional Medical Center initiated an ambitious level of support in order to ensure the sustained growth and success of health science programs at the college. In fiscal year 2018 alone, Colquitt Regional Medical Center contributed over $100,000 in support of SRTC students.  

“It is an honor to be named as a Benefactor of the Year for the TCSG,” Matney said. “We are proud to invest in programs at Southern Regional Technical College because their students are a vital part of our future. There are shortages in the healthcare workforce and SRTC does an exceptional job of identifying those careers that are in high demand and developing educational programs to meet those needs. Some of our best employees at Colquitt Regional are graduates of SRTC and we will continue to invest in scholarships and other institutional needs that ensure a qualified workforce is available for our patients."
SRTC President Craig Wentworth commented, “In working together toward a common goal, Colquitt Regional Medical Center and Southern Regional Technical College have developed a strong partnership for excellence in health sciences education for the communities of rural southwest Georgia. Through program expansion support, donations of state-of-the-art equipment, scholarship opportunities, and clinical support, Colquitt Regional has consistently supported SRTC in answering the call to provide the education and training necessary for the skilled healthcare workforce needed in rural southwest Georgia.”

A large portion of those funds helped provide for nursing faculty positions with the Associate of Science in Nursing program expansion. Critical shortages in healthcare professionals are a concern for not only in Colquitt County, but also for the entire southwest region of Georgia. Without adequately staffed hospitals, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare facilities, patient care would be compromised, SRTC said. 
A substantial contribution was also given to provide additional scholarship opportunities to SRTC students who are entering certain healthcare fields. The nursing recruitment scholarship aims to meet the needs of nascent nurses, allowing those men and women to focus on their studies and lessening their financial worries about the many costs associated with college. Because of Colquitt Regional’s generosity, SRTC is positioned to answer the call for highly skilled nurses through ambitious health science program expansions.

“Programmatic supply purchases in addition to tuition and fee charges can add up quickly and provide a potential hindrance for our students,” SRTC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Amy Maison, added. “Providing for a means to fund other expenditures allows the SRTC Foundation to remove one more obstacle between a student and their success in the healthcare field. Community partners like Colquitt Regional who support our scholarship program make our mission possible.”

SRTC offers over 155 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth counties for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu.

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