RCSJ and Inspira partnership — educating and retaining future health care professionals

Rowan College of South Jersey and Inspira Health are bringing excellence in patient care to the South Jersey region, thanks to a new alliance designed to educate and retain future health care professionals within the community.

Last week, federal, state and local officials joined members of the education and health care communities to celebrate the creation of a partnership in education, employment and patient care.

This latest “Eds & Meds” collaboration provides priority clinical experience to support nursing, behavioral and allied health students at the college’s Cumberland and Gloucester campuses, propelling local talent into health care careers.

Adding even more value to this already significant partnership is Inspira’s generous $2 million gift to the college. The donation will support student scholarships for those pursuing health care occupations and fund future program development.

“Our premier partnership with Inspira Health aligns with the college’s vision to prepare students for employment in areas of need, and enhances the opportunity for clinical experience in the health care profession,” Rowan College of South Jersey President Frederick Keating said. “The college continues to expand and build robust partnerships within the education and medical communities. We thank Inspira for the generous financial and educational support provided to our students through scholarships, clinicals and job prospects.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to enhance our partnership with Rowan College of South Jersey. Ultimately, this program will train the next generation of nursing and ancillary health professionals who will care for us, our loved ones and our neighbors,” Inspira Health CEO and President Amy Mansue said. “I am so grateful to Dr. Keating, the Rowan College and Inspira trustees, all the educators and everyone — from both organizations — who worked so hard to make this possible.”

RCSJ nursing and allied health students will study and train in two buildings displaying the Inspira name — the Inspira Health Nursing & Health Professions Center and the soon-to-be-completed Inspira Health Professions Center. In appreciation, RCSJ will provide all Inspira employees with a 50% discount on tuition and guarantee the best available price.

With a selection of associate degrees, credit and non-credit certifications, more than 30 health care programs are available to RCSJ students and Inspira staff looking to advance or upskill their current roles. From nursing to nutrition, physical therapy to radiography, sonography to peer recovery, phlebotomy to mental health, the college’s relationship with Inspira serves to strengthen the knowledge and experience of RCSJ graduates entering the workforce.

“We are currently working together to create a first-in-the-region respiratory therapy program that will also include Rowan University,” Mansue said. “This will be a model for future programs designed to meet the specific needs of our community.”