Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a total of $517,770 in federal funding for local medical training programs.
Buchanan secured $141,570 in federal funding to help address nursing shortages by supporting the development of a teaching simulation laboratory, equipping a videoconference classroom, and the development of web, on-site, and blended courses at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.
“Critical nursing shortages in Florida and throughout the United States continue to grow as the population ages and the nursing workforce approaches retirement age,” said Buchanan. “With a nursing program in place, USF will be able to train more nurses to help care for area residents.”
“This money will be instrumental in assisting with the development of our nursing program at our location in South Sarasota County,” said President Dr. Arthur Guilford. It will enable us to get broader coverage of the nursing program by extending our reach through video conferencing from North Manatee County as far north as Parrish all the way down to North Port.”
Buchanan secured $94,050 for equipment to operate a Medical Technology and Simulation Center and community health clinic at State College of Florida.
“They already have the facility,” said Buchanan. “This funding will allow them to purchase the equipment necessary to equip the center and help provide the community with the additional health care services we need.”