United Health Foundation Awards $2.3 Million to Expand Nursing Program

has announced a $2.3 million grant from the to address the nursing shortage in Wisconsin.

The grant will enable MATC to expand its registered nursing program over the next three years, with the multiple goals of doubling enrollment this fall, increasing its capacity to graduate an additional one hundred students by year three, hiring sixteen new instructors, supporting the recruitment of low-income students, and assisting graduates with job placement. MATC also announced that it will create thirty-six additional clinical training sites through partnerships with Aurora Health Care, Ascension Health, Children’s Hospital, Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, and dozens of long-term care facilities.

According to Wisconsin's Public Policy Forum, addressing the nursing shortage would require a 11 percent increase in the state's registered nurse workforce by 2020.

"Studies have shown that nursing care improves health outcomes, reducing adverse events and ultimately decreasing medical costs," said Michelle Graham, medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin. "Having a sufficient number of well-trained nurses who can meet the staffing demands of our healthcare systems will have a positive impact on our communities."

"." Milwaukee Area Technical College Press Release 01/26/2017.