McKee Medical Center in Loveland, part of the Banner Health System of hospitals, has started the first phase of a new expansion plan aimed at providing better patient care and more space to help accommodate the growing population along the Front Range.
Last year, through a substantial gift from Meridian Retirement Communities, Community College of Denver educated about 500 nursing students and graduated more than 100. Meridian has committed more funding this year as well, but CCD is working hard to raise even more money to support Nursing and other academic programs, student services and scholarships.
There are many aspects to long term care’s struggle to attract new workers to vacant positions. Arkansas Manor (soon to be operating as North Star Community), a Medicaid based facility located just west of Federal Boulevard, has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to address this issue. A vision was created in 2002 to develop our own licensed nurses from our already loyal and dedicated staff in direct care positions. Through the cooperative efforts of Arkansas Manor Staff Development, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and Community College of Denver our vision became reality.
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