May 12, 2010
Reston, Virginia, May 12, 2010 - Today at the George Mason University School of Nursing's Class of 2010 pinning ceremony, the University not only placed its badge on 113 graduating nurses, but also accepted a gift of $50,000 from Reston Hospital Center. The gift will support the Reston Hospital Center Healthcare Technologies Innovation Lab.
Cindy Glover, RN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer of Reston Hospital Center, was present to speak on behalf of the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services Alumni Chapter. In addition to encouraging the graduating nurses to keep Mason in their hearts as the years go by, she had the privilege of announcing the hospital's gift to the University.
"Giving back is something important to all of us at Reston Hospital Center, but this gift is all the more special to me," said Glover. She continued, "As an alumna of George Mason, I'm proud to give back to a university that has helped me achieve so much in my own career, and that has had such a positive impact on the nursing workforce at Reston."
The Reston Hospital Center Healthcare Technologies Innovation Lab is used to teach classes in health care finance, statistics, health care research, and nursing licensure exam preparation. The lab contains 28 student computer stations as well as four IV/phlebotomy simulation units. The simulators allow students to virtually experience administering intravenous therapy and phlebotomy, which raises their comfort level before they perform procedures on actual patients.
Over the past three years, HCA Virginia has donated $1,450,000 to colleges and universities in the commonwealth, with a particular emphasis on supporting health care training programs. HCA Virginia is the commonwealth's most comprehensive patient care network, operating 17 hospitals and more than two dozen outpatient centers in Central, Southwestern, and Northern Virginia. It has a workforce of more than 10,000 and is one of Virginia's largest employers, providing approximately $100 million in free charity care to uninsured patients each year and paying $100 million in taxes.