Campus briefs

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 02:47 PM

Duke  hospitals receive gold stars

NC Prevention Partners, which works to improve the health of hospital employees across the state, has recognized Duke University Medical Center and Duke Raleigh Hospital for the comprehensive wellness programs they provide to their employees, according to a Duke Medicine release.

Duke University Medical Center received the Gold Star award for its tobacco-free programs for employees. Duke Raleigh Hospital is the first hospital in the Triangle to earn all three gold awards, the Gold Medal, Gold Apple and Gold Star, for excellence in physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-free environments for its employees.

Duke Endowment gives program grants

The Duke Endowment, a nonprofit, private foundation based in Charlotte, announced it has given more than $36.6 million in recent grants.

Duke University has received $17.5 million of that total to provide operating support and for the Center for Judicial Studies, according to the Endowment release. Duke’s Divinity School also received a major portion for its Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, Summer Field Education Assistant Pastors program, among others.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received nearly $1 million of the total to increase the number of family medicine residents trained in community health centers and to implement a N.C. telemedicine program for diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the retina.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church received $60,000 for youth ministry support, and Cedar Grove United Methodist Church was given $50,000 to support HarvestShare, its teen-run, community-supported agriculture program.

Nursing program awards grants for  nursing scholarships

Duke University was one of 52 schools with a nursing program chosen as a grant recipient for the 2013 – 2014 academic year, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focuses on national health care issues and has partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to lead the grant project.

The New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program gives grants to support underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree nursing program. Students are prepared to pass the licensure exam required for all registered nurses in 12 to 18 months, according to the Foundation.

New Careers in Nursing scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, and their university maintains leadership and mentoring programs.  This year, the program has will distribute 400 scholarships among the 52 schools.

Local students make dean’s list, graduate

- Adrienne Baug Oates of Durham has made the spring semester dean’s list at Radford University in southwest Virginia. She is a sophomore art major.

- Tyler P. Hanson of Durham made the dean’s list at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. He is a sophomore majoring in international studies.

- Amanda Cole of Durham, Michelle Hogan of Chapel Hill and Arianna Megaro of Chapel Hill graduated from the College of Charleston this spring in a ceremony in the historic Cistern Yard, the center of campus.

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