Pittsburgh, PA /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania health care providers will experience a 41 percent vacancy rate in nursing positions by the year 2020, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. This situation will require the training and retention of more than 54,000 nurses in order to provide adequate patient care in health care delivery systems.
"The nursing shortage in Pennsylvania is not a problem that will be solved overnight," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "Through grant support and partnerships with local nursing programs, our long-term goal is to increase the number of graduates from nursing programs who successfully obtain licensure, upgrade their skills and practice nursing in Pennsylvania."
Since 2003, the Highmark Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to five Pennsylvania colleges and universities, impacting the training and development of approximately 5,000 nursing students, nurses, medical students, first responders and nursing faculty.
The following programs have benefited from Highmark Foundation funding:
The Highmark Foundation recently published a report that details the progress and outcomes of these nursing programs as a result of funds received from the foundation. To view the complete report, visit the "Highmark Foundation" section of www.highmark.com.
About the Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation, created in 2000 as an affiliate of Highmark Inc., is a charitable organization and a private foundation that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the Pennsylvania communities served by Highmark Inc. The foundation awards two types of grants: Highmark Healthy High 5, which includes a focus on the health and well-being of children in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, self-esteem, bullying and grieving; and its traditional four areas of general health focus, which include chronic disease, communicable disease, family health and service delivery systems. Where possible, the foundation looks to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information about the Highmark Foundation, visit www.highmark.com.
SOURCE The Highmark Foundation