Conway Regional, UACCM Announce Scholarship Opportunities for Nursing Education

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Conway Regional Health System and The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton announced a partnership Wednesday, November 18, to aid with nurse recruitment and retention.

The new UACCM Nursing Scholarship Program will provide financial aid opportunities to students pursuing education in nursing with the UACCM Practical Nursing Program.

This partnership will award up to six licensed practical nurses (LPN) students with scholarships over the next three years with each student selected receiving $2,500 in financial aid per semester, for three semesters.

“Conway Regional is proud to invest in the future of healthcare to ensure the communities we serve are provided high-quality, compassionate care for many years to come,” said Matt Troup, President and CEO for Conway Regional. “This partnership will aid students seeking nursing education within our community, giving them valuable clinical experience at Conway Regional, while addressing the critical nursing shortage facing healthcare organizations across the country.”

“UACCM is grateful to Conway Regional Health System for the wonderful partnership opportunity with our Nursing Department,” said Lisa Willenberg, Chancellor of UACCM. “This partnership affords practical nursing students with the opportunity to defray costs of the nursing program and have guaranteed employment after graduation with a regional leader in healthcare. This is a great example of working together to remove barriers students face while increasing partnerships between education and healthcare for the benefit of all.”  

Students will also have the opportunity to work in pool float medical assistant positions at Conway Regional while completing the LPN program. This work opportunity will allow the nursing students to learn the health system’s electronic medical records (EMR) system; Conway Regional policies and procedures; the mission, vision, and values of Conway Regional; and become accustomed to the work culture all before they finish school.

About Conway Regional

Conway Regional Health System provides complete health care services to a seven-county service area of North Central Arkansas including Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell Counties. Centered on a 150-bed, acute care medical center, the health system provides patients with a variety of services including heart health, orthopedic care, neuro-spine surgery, vascular surgery, gastroenterology services, women’s health, surgery, and rehabilitation. Conway Regional operates an expansive physician enterprise, including ten primary care clinics and seven specialty clinics. Additionally, the health system operates a Rehabilitation Hospital and a 70,000-square-foot Health and Fitness Center. In June of 2019, Conway Regional announced a management agreement with the Dardanelle Hospital, since renamed the Dardanelle Regional Medical Center.

With more than 200 physicians providing services at Conway Regional, the organization partners with the medical staff in an Accountable Clinical Management Model (ACM).  This one-of-a-kind partnership creates a model of shared governance to promote meaningful engagement of physician leaders with hospital administrative leadership—all in an effort to improve patient experience and enhance care. 

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