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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Intermountain Health Care has pledged $600,000 to Dixie State College over the next five years to help train as many as 223 more registered nurses.
The pledge Wednesday came on the same day an IHC representative hand-delivered a $125,000 check to Southern Utah University President Steven D. Bennion for that school's nursing program.
IHC will provide $120,000 each year for five years to Dixie State.
Dixie Regional Medical Center officials said the money will help the IHC-run hospital obtain qualified nurses in the best way possible by expanding local resources and drawing on locally trained nurses.
The donation to SUU will help fund a faculty position that will enable more students to be accepted and graduate from the program.
Valley View Medical Center administer Steve Smoot said hospitals and clinics are experiencing nursing shortages.
It's estimated that by 2020, the United States will have 20 percent fewer nurses than it needs.
Other higher education institutions that have received funding were Brigham Young University, College of Eastern Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Weber State University, Westminster College and Utah Valley State College.
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