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May 2007 Press Release







(Annapolis, MD) May 9, 2007 -- The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) has awarded nine institutions grants totaling $5.9 million over five years as the second round of funding in the Competitive Institutional Grants component of the Nurse Support Program    (NSP II).

HSCRC has contracted with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to administer the Nurse Support Program II. Funding for NSP II is being provided through a 0.1% increase to the rate structure of all hospitals, which generates approximately $8.8 million annually to be awarded, to promote the program’s goal of increasing the number of bedside nurses in Maryland Hospitals by expanding the capacity of Maryland’s nursing programs.

This innovative program is a unique venture that teams hospitals and colleges to create partnerships to address the critical shortage of nurses. The projected outcomes of this second round of nine institutional grants, representing 25 institutions of higher education, health systems and hospitals, is to increase undergraduate and graduate nursing enrollments by an estimated 1,500 students.


Of 23 proposals submitted, the following nine were funded:


Lead Institution:     College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Partners:                 Good Samaritan Hospital; Harbor Hospital; and St Agnes Hospital.

Lead Institution:     Community College of Baltimore County
Partners:                 Allegany College and Chesapeake College.

Lead Institution:     Community College of Baltimore County
Partners:                 Mercy Medical Center; St. Agnes Hospital; and Union Memorial Hospital.

Lead Institution:     Hagerstown Community College
Partner:                    Washington County Health System.

Lead Institution:     Johns Hopkins University
Partners:                 Johns Hopkins Hospital; Johns Hopkins Bayview; Howard County General

                                  Hospital; St. Agnes Hospital; and Mercy Medical Center.

Lead Institution:     Prince George’s Community College
Partners:                 MedStar (Good Samaritan Hospital) and Doctors Community Hospital.

Lead Institution:     Salisbury University
Partners:                 None.

Lead Institution:     Towson University
Partners:                 Sheppard Pratt; Greater Baltimore Medical Center; and Frederick Memorial


Lead Institution:     Wor-Wic Community College
Partners:                 Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.


In FY 2007 there were seven proposals funded totaling $6 million over five years.


The Maryland Higher Education Commission is Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and for private career schools.


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