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Kaiser Permanente Continues Employment Guarantees, Scholarships for Mount Students

April 21, 2010 -- Kaiser Permanente has selected eight nursing students at Mount Saint Mary’s University as recipients of the 2010 Loan Forgiveness Scholarship Award in a move to hire more highly-educated nurses to keep pace with growing healthcare demands.

An estimated 43,000 registered nurses will be needed this year to meet the needs of California's increasing population. Kaiser Permanente partnered with the Mount in an effort to ease California's severe nursing shortage by placing qualified, registered nurses into the workforce. The College is honoring Kaiser Permanente as well as recipients of the $20,000 awards at a reception at 2:30 p.m. on April 26 on the College's Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles.

This May, three graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will pursue employment at a Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospital. Two more students in the nursing program are receiving the awards and are set to graduate in 2011. An additional three graduating students in the College's one-year Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will work for Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente's loan forgiveness program guarantees that students who graduate and commit to two years of employment in a hospital facility will not have to pay back their loans. "Kaiser Permanente's continued support demonstrates its belief that Mount Saint Mary’s University educates highly-skilled nurses," says Mount President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The great variety and quality of nursing programs at Mount St. Mary's allows us to effectively address the nursing shortage in Los Angeles."

"We value our continued partnership with Mount Saint Mary’s University, and are committed to our support for the accelerated and nursing programs," says Judy Husted, regional executive director, Patient Care Services, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. "We strive for excellence among our employees at Kaiser Permanente; Mount Saint Mary’s University shares our vision and value for excellence in care delivery."

Scholarship recipients and their hometowns are listed below:

-Vanessa Fabro, Walnut
-Kimberly Kinney, Downey
-Joanna Ocegueda, Monterey Park
-Christine Dela Cruz, Los Angeles
-Marissa Maderazo, Los Angeles
-Eric Zambrano, Saugus
-Daryl Dumadag, Panorama City
-Andre Rivera, Panorama City

Also this year, Torrance Memorial Medical Center awarded $120,000 in loan repayments, plus employment guarantees to five Mount nursing students, and Northridge Hospital Medical Center awarded $96,000 in a similar program for four students.

For more on the College's nursing programs, click here.

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