Plan for Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences merger

Plan for Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences merger


HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. A NEW MEDICAL MERGER ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON AIMS TO TRAIN MORE DOCTORS AND NURSES .. AND PROVIDE BETTER CARE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. 10 NEWS REPORTER RACHEL LUCAS IS LIVE IN ROANOKE WITH MORE ON WHAT THIS MEANS FOR STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY. RACHEL… ### THE NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND RADFORD UNIVERSITY MEANS THE DEMAND FOR THOSE JOBS COULD BE FILLED FASTER AND BETTER HEALTHCARE ACCESS FOR PEOPLE IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. ALTHOUGH MANY OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE MERGER WILL BE IRONED OUT OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS — LEADERS I SPOKE WITH TODAY TOLD ME IT COULD ALLOW THEM TO ACCEPT MORE STUDENTS….ESSENT IALLY TRAINING MORE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO WORK IN THE AREA. IN A SIT DOWN INTERVIEW THEY TOLD ME BOTH JEFFERSON COLLEGE AND PROGRAMS AT RADFORD UNIVERSITY ARE DOING WELL, AND CONTINUE TO BE LEADING PROGRAMS IN THE AREA….AND THAT’S THE REASON THEY WANT TO MERGE. IT’S PART OF A STATE WIDE FOCUS TO BUILD UP THE WORKFORCE…AS WELL AS THE INNOVATION CORRIDOR IN ROANOKE. “LOOKING AT OUR FUTURE, AND TRYING TO PLAN FOR THAT FUTURE IN A VERY PURPOSFUL AND MEANINGFUL WAY, IT WILL HELP US GROW THE PROFESSIONS THAT WE NEED NOW, BUT AS HEALTHCARE CHANGES, THERE MAY BE NEW JOBS, NEW TYPES OF JOBS THAT WE HAVEN’T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT BEFORE. AND I THINK THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE MERGER.” THAT MERGER IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 18 TO 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. FOR NOW STUDENTS HERE AT JEFFERSON COLLEGE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE CLASSES HERE ON CAMPUS….INCLUDIN G PARTNER PROGRAMS ALREADY ESTABLISHED FROM RADFORD. IN THE FUTURE THOSE LOGISTICS COULD CHANGE. LIVE IN ROANOKE RACHEL LUCAS WSLS 10. ###

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