Published Aug 20, 2014
By Davis Wahlman, KEPRTV
An expansion at CBC aims to shake up our local nursing industry.
school will add a new medical science center in downtown Richland. It's
one more example of the growing medical field that's putting thousands
of people to work.
Move over Hanford. You talk about a booming job industry for Tri-Cities, look no further than our health care providers.
are 2,800 employees at Kadlec, 1,200 at Trios, 850 at Lourdes, and
quickly, from the hospitals alone, you're at the largest employer base
in the Tri-Cities," says Rich Cummins, the President of Columbia Basin
He says he's excited for the direction our community is heading.
baby boomers retire and more people sign on for health insurance,
nurses are in demand. It's why CBC is looking to expand its nursing
program to include a bachelor's degree.
"The Washington State
Quality Commission, the Nursing Commission, all these different things
say that 80 percent of the workforce by 2020 should have a bachelor's
degree in nursing," Cummins said.
Potential nursing students can
already get a Bachelor's degree right in town through WSU Tri-Cities.
The program takes about three years.
Columbia Basin wants to offer an alternate.
people in the medical field have an Associates' Degree, and could now
go back to school for their Bachelor's. It's why CBC is teaming up with
Kadlec to build a brand new medical science center in Richland.
more than 16 million dollar expansion project will go across the street
from Delta High School on Northgate Drive. It's going to be at least
four stories tall.
If all goes as planned, the College could
start building by this time next year. Students and current medical
staff would work in tandem.
It's a fresh start that will bolster our growing medical industry right here in the Tri-Cities.
Kadlec is donating three-million dollars to the project. CBC's new bachelor's degree program should be up and running in 2016.
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