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In honor of his 36 years of service at the Virginia Hospital Center – including two decades as President / CEO – the hospital launched the James B. Cole Healthcare Education Fund, which has already raised more than $ 700,000 for advance education and retain the best health students. care.
“The James B. Cole Healthcare Education Fund is, in my opinion, the perfect way to recognize both our community and hospital staff, supporting the training of our wonderful employees and ensuring that quality healthcare is available. for area residents, ”said Russell McWey, MD, chairman of the board of directors of Virginia Hospital Center.
With the healthcare industry losing more than 500,000 workers since 2020, the fund aims to help the hospital recognize top performing individuals who aspire to careers in healthcare. Additionally, it will support professional development, certification, and the pursuit of academic requirements towards a college degree for those who may not be eligible for other existing HCV funds.
“Investing in Virginia Hospital Center employees allows us to grow our own,” said Tony Burchard, president of the Virginia Hospital Center Health System Foundation. “With this fund, the hospital is able to recruit and retain highly motivated individuals who will allow us to continue to provide the best care available to our community.
“The community Jim Cole has built at Virginia Hospital Center is truly remarkable,” said Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The example he set as a leader in the field is one that truly values the contributions of employees at all levels, and this fund will have a lasting impact both at the Virginia Hospital Center and as an example. for other hospitals. “
Cole had planned to retire in 2020, but the onset of the pandemic caused him to delay his plans to run the hospital through the rocky shoals of COVID.
“As I reflect on my stay at Virginia Hospital Center, I have immense gratitude for the support the hospital has received from the community and for the dedication of our employees to providing high quality patient-centered care.” Cole said.