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Sponsored content: Florida Hospital Celebrates Partnership with Lincoln Memorial University at Grand Opening Event

Florida Hospital and LMU are partnering to expand the options for local students to find

a quality education in nursing with the opening of LMU's Caylor School of Nursing in Tampa.

October 23, 2017 (TAMPA) – As the need for health care grows, so does the need for qualified nurses. To help fill that need, Florida Hospital has partnered with Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), an institution founded in 1897 with a solid track record in graduating skilled nursing professionals. Together they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the new LMU-Tampa Extended Learning Site located at the Florida Hospital Tampa Health Park (3102 E. 138th Ave.). Interested students may also visit the new site on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. during LMU's Nursing Information Session and Open House, to learn more about the available programs and apply in person.

"LMU is a strategic partner in helping close the nursing shortage gap and fill vacancies within the Florida Hospital system," said Mike Schultz, Florida Hospital West Regional president and CEO. Schultz says, "by partnering with a long-standing, historically successful school like LMU's Caylor School of Nursing, with its esteemed reputation for producing high-quality nurses, we can offer students the opportunity to learn and train with the best, receive clinical skills on site, and in the end, we hope these students stay with us and take on careers caring for patients of Florida Hospital."

"The nationwide nursing shortage is an important health care issue. In fact, The American Nursing Association says we'll need over a million nurses in the next five years," said Dr. Mary Anne Modrcin, vice president of extended learning sites and dean of LMU's Caylor School of Nursing. "Part of our institution's mission is to provide educational opportunities to underserved populations. This partnership allows us to address a need for a new community,"

Tomorrow's program includes speakers from LMU and Florida Hospital West Florida Division, a ribbon cutting and school tours. The LMU-Tampa Extended Learning Site for the Caylor School of Nursing is located on the Florida Hospital Tampa campus, at 3102 E. 138th St. in Tampa, Fla. 33613. The location will include administrative offices, classrooms, study rooms, a skills laboratory and library.

LMU welcomed its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) class, including 18 students, in August. The BSN program is designed to be completed in 16 months, after general education requirements have been met. LMU is now enrolling for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program that will begin January 2018, as well as for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner scheduled to begin in fall 2018.

All clinical experiences are planned to be completed within Florida Hospital West Florida Region facilities. Clinical students would benefit from having direct access to learn and train at Florida Hospital facilities throughout the West Florida region. Florida Hospital will continue to work with all area nursing schools to help provide clinical spots for student training.

LMU is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. It's located in Harrogate, Tenn., about 55 miles north of Knoxville, and operates extended learning sites throughout southern Appalachia. LMU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and at present, the ASN, BSN, and MSN degree programs in Tampa have been deemed eligible for the candidacy process with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To learn more about LMU Nursing and degree programs offered, please visit: www.LMUnet.edu.

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About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System

Florida Hospital, the West Florida Division of Adventist Health System, is a not-for-profit 1,295-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa/Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, and Florida Hospital Wauchula. It also includes a free-standing ER in Palm Harbor. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit FloridaHospital.com.

Accreditation

The ASN and BSN programs offered in Florida are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. At present, the ASN, BSN, and MSN degree programs in Tampa have been deemed eligible for the Candidacy process with the ACEN. ACEN is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga. 30326; or call (404) 975-5000 or visit www.acenursing.org. All sites where nursing programs are located have received approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Contact SACS at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033; or call (404) 679-4500 for questions regarding accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University programs. Lincoln Memorial University's extended learning site in Tampa is located at: 3102 E. 138th Ave., Tampa, Fla. 33613. This site is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Fla. 32399-0400; their toll-free telephone number is (888) 224-6684.

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