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Kadlec Makes $18 million Donation to WSU Tri-Cities

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The College of Nursing received $18 million dollars to build up their program. The College of Nursing received $18 million dollars to build up their program.
RICHLAND, WA- WSU Tri-Cities is $18,000,000 richer, all thanks to a generous donation from Kadlec Regional Medical Center Monday morning.

Kadlec Regional Medical Center helped out Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing in a major way and they hope it will spill over to the rest of our region.

It was actually the school's largest gift they have ever received in their entire school history.

Kadlec hopes the $18 million dollars can build up the school's College of Nursing to make it a world-class program.

"We're so excited about how this will advance the region as a leader in innovated health care," said Patricia Butterfield, Dean of College of Nursing.

The school plans to hire five Doctorly prepared nurse practitioners and after that, they hope to bring in more students.

"They'll be able to write prescriptions, diagnose, treat, work with physicians, work with social workers, work with physical therapists, all together on care team," said Butterfield.

Kadlec said this money does not just help WSU, but it is helping the future of nursing in this region.

"This money is just the next step in a progression of how we help develop health care workers in our region," said Wayne Martin, Community Board of Directors for Kadlec.

Both Kadlec and WSU said this region needs more nurses and they want to help more students get their Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree.

Over the next few years, they hope this region will start seeing the benefits of Kadlec's gift.

"It's a wonderful opportunity and we're very happy," said Butterfield.

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