As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made a contribution to an area nursing school. Support of valuable educational offerings is reflected in this year’s $25,000 gift to Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). “We value our partnership with CCTC as they prepare our future nurses to provide compassionate medical care to our patients and families,” stated Jolly. “We are honored to invest in our students, our employees, and our community as CCTC continues advancing educational opportunities.” According to Jolly, nurses serve an important role in the delivery of quality health care. “McLeod Health recognizes the value of our nurse’s contribution to patient care,” said Jolly. “They do so much to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently in our hospitals. Providing patient advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, participation in shaping health policies and patient education are also key nursing roles. With competent nurses as part of the medical team, McLeod Health is capable of carrying out its mission of providing quality health care for patients in the region.” “We are fortunate to have the support of this outstanding institution,” said Debbie Locklair, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We rely on each graduating class for their well-educated, qualified candidates.” “Central Carolina is both honored and proud of the generosity of McLeod Health and the strong partnership that we have developed together. Both organizations share the same goal of the highest level of excellence in health care and education, and this investment demonstrates a commitment to the students, faculty, and staff of the RN – registered nursing program- at Central Carolina which consistently ranks as one of the best nursing programs in the United States,” said Dr. Michael Mikota, Central Carolina Technical College President.