Lonesome Pine Hospital Board To Assist MECC Nursing Students

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board has provided a $6,000 gift to cover national testing fees for students enrolled in the College’s Registered Nursing program and who are employed by Ballad Health.

The program, established almost 15 years ago with the Wellmont Lonesome Pine Community Outreach Fund, has provided more than $30,000 and supported hundreds of nursing students in their efforts to obtain their licensure.

“These scholarships are a direct result of the foresight by the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board members who created this fund when Lonesome Pine Hospital joined the Wellmont Health System, and later on, Ballad Health. The goal was and is to improve the health and wellness of the people in our area. Supporting students who are employees of Ballad Health in their quest to obtain their education is critical to improving the health of our community, ” said Mike Allen, Chair of the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board.

“This is a good example of a wonderful partnership between MECC and the health providers that the college serves,” said MECC President Kristen Westover.  “These scholarships will benefit Ballad Health and MECC, but most of all, they will benefit students.  We are very grateful to our partners at Lonesome Pine Hospital for their generosity.”

For more information on MECC’s Registered Nursing program, please contact Kim Dorton, MECC’s Dean of Health Sciences, at kdorton@mecc.edu or 276.523.7456. For more information on the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, visit www.meccfoundation.org or call 276.523.2400 ext. 466.