LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 10, 2012) – Norton Healthcare announced it will endow a professorship in healthcare leadership at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and support an annual $10,000 scholarship for the college's master of health administration (MHA) program.
Norton Healthcare will provide $250,000 to fund the Professorship in Healthcare Leadership. "This support will be a valuable tool in assisting our program in recruiting a senior faculty member with extensive experience in health care administration and leadership," said Dr. Stephen Wyatt, dean of the UK College of Public Health. "We take seriously our responsibility to prepare the next cadre of health care and public health leaders and continuing to attract top faculty is paramount in that commitment. We are appreciative of Norton Healthcare for this generous contribution to the success of our program."
Norton Healthcare will also support an annual $10,000 scholarship to be known as the Norton Healthcare Scholarship in Healthcare Leadership. The funding will support two health administration graduate students each for two years. In addition, the selected students will complete their required practical experience with Norton Healthcare, which will also routinely accept MHA graduates for residency and fellowship programs in health care administration.
"The scholarships will create a pipeline of masters-prepared health care administrators for Norton Healthcare and assist in preparing our organization for the future," said Stephen A. Williams, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. "It will also extend our philosophy of educating and retaining Kentucky students for health care professions, just as we have invested in expanding the pipeline for other areas of health care workforce to meet the future needs of Norton and all of Kentucky.”
The MHA degree program at the UK College of Public Health fills a critical training void for health care systems across the Commonwealth and beyond, preparing future health care system leaders and managers. In 2010, the program transitioned to the College of Public Health and a recent review by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education resulted in a seven-year (maximum length) re-accreditation.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report, as a Top 25 School of Public Health, the UK College of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and a fully participating member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.