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Marsha Sato is director of the Mount's master of science in nursing programs.

Graduate Nursing Program Honored As Leader in Health Care

April 25, 2011 -- The Mount's graduate nursing program has been honored with a Health Care Leadership Award for its innovative curriculum by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The Business Journal also named Marsha Sato, director of the master of science in nursing programs, as a finalist for special achievement in health care.

The awards were handed out during an April 20 lunch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The event recognized the importance of providing patients with superior care, and spotlighted health care professionals from leading hospitals, clinics, university healthcare systems, as well as community outreach programs throughout the city.

Sato and the graduate nursing program were honored for delivering "culturally-competent and sensitive health care to the increasing minority population in the United States." Nationally recognized as leaders in nursing education, a team of Mount St. Mary's nursing faculty experts developed two graduate programs: a master's in nursing program and a bridge program designed to prepare RNs to complete their undergraduate coursework and earn a graduate nursing degree.

Sato has created strategic partnerships between the Mount and Los Angeles-area community colleges and hospitals to open the doors of graduate higher learning to those who might not otherwise think of themselves as having the potential to earn a graduate degree. Through her work on community college transfer agreements, as well as partnerships with St. Francis Medical Center and Huntington Memorial Hospital, students with career aspirations in nursing come together with highly-experienced nursing professionals in classes designed to produce leaders in health care.

For more on the Mount's graduate nursing program, click here.

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