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Summit Endowment, an outreach of Summit Health, has generously supported the Penn State Mont Alto nursing program since the 2001-02 academic year.   Currently, Summit Endowment provides funding for the nursing department to hire two additional nursing faculty members each year. The increase in faculty allows Penn State Mont Alto’s nursing program to accept more students, and thus graduate more qualified, registered nurses each year.
 
“Our ultimate goal, given the nursing shortage throughout the Commonwealth over the past ten years, is to graduate more RNs to work in health care throughout the local region,” said Dr. David Gnage, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor. “We want to ensure that there is an adequate number of nurses to care for the growing population in this region.”

“Summit Health has a similar goal, in wanting to provide the very best health care to residents in Franklin, Fulton, and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania,” said Gnage.

In 1998, recognizing that good health involves many factors outside the scope of community hospitals, Summit Health established Summit Endowment. Summit Endowment exists to identify and address our area's health needs and to encourage development of programs and activities of nonprofit organizations that will measurably improve the health of people in our service area. 

"The partnership with Summit Endowment has allowed us to graduate approximately 42 RNs each year, twice the number of graduates prior to the formation of the partnership. Summit Endowment’s support of the Penn State Mont Alto Nursing Program is making a difference in the quality of health care in the region,” he added. On average over the past 10 years, 35% of Penn State Mont Alto RN program graduates were employed by Summit Health immediately after graduation.  

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