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CHS, Tennova donate $200K to CU School of Nursing

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Pictured, from left: David Nicely, VP of Operation, Division III - CHS; Cumberland University President Dr. Paul Stumb; Robert O. Horrar, President, Division III - CHS; and Matt Caldwell, CEO, Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon. SUBMITTED

Community Health Systems (CHS) and Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon recently donated $200,000 to Cumberland University to support the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions over the course of two years.

Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon, formerly University Medical Center, and CU have shared a common vision for developing nurses and healthcare professionals for more than 30 years.

"Since both education and healthcare have been and remain at or near the top of nearly everyone's list of priorities in today's society, it is nice to have such a wonderful alliance between two of the oldest and most venerable organizations in Wilson County," CU President Dr. Paul Stumb said. "... We at CU very much appreciate the continuing support and valuable relationship with CHS, for they are helping us to provide a superior education to the nurses and other healthcare workers who will be taking care of our friends and neighbors here in Middle Tennessee for many years to come."

In addition to hiring several nurses from CU each year, Tennova Healthcare's McFarland Campus houses the university's school of nursing. Faculty offices and nursing classes are located on-site, giving physicians and employees at Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon the opportunity to support and observe future talent soon to enter the healthcare workforce.

"Cumberland University has contributed to the growth of UMC's workforce for many years and, more importantly, produced nurses who are dedicated to providing the Wilson County community with high quality care and the best possible experience," Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon CEO Matt Caldwell said. "Cumberland University continues to raise the bar for nursing education, and we are proud to support them."

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