Wachovia contributes to UNCP nursing program


The Wachovia Foundation, the charitable arm of Wachovia Corporation, has pledged $75,000 to the Nursing Department of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


Check presentation -- From left: Donna Cutrell, clinical nursing  instructor, Lorna Ricotta, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Dr. Barbara Synowiez, chair of the Nursing Department, Chancellor Meadors, David Parker, president of Wachovia’s eastern N.C. region and Melody Hyatt, Wachovia’s Lumberton Financial Center Manager.

The gift, which is to be completed over three years, will help fund a program titled Bridging the Gap whose mission is to recruit and support diversity in nursing education and, ultimately, in the workforce.

On July 10, Wachovia’s Eastern North Carolina Regional President David Parker and Wachovia’s Lumberton Financial Center Manager Melody Hyatt toured the nursing education center at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.

“I’ve learned a lot today,” Parker said. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with UNCP’s nursing program to help improve the quality of health care for our region.

“The number one priority for the Wachovia Foundation is education, and health and human services is not far behind, so this is a good fit for us,” he continued. “We look forward to visiting again to see the benefits of the program.”

Hyatt helped the Wachovia Foundation identify the Bridging the Gap program.

“I was looking for a way for Wachovia to become involved with the University, and the nursing program is a good match for the mission and goals of our Foundation,” Hyatt said. “I look forward to continuing involvement.”

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked the Wachovia representatives for the gift.

“We believe that with our nursing programs we can make a difference in nursing care in our region,” Chancellor Meadors said. “A diverse enrollment in the program is a good guarantee that the nurses we train will stay in our community.

“Health care programs are very expensive, and support of this kind is very, very important,” he continued. “We need the most advanced technology available for the clinical training of nurses for the future.”


Clinical lab tour – From left: Dr. Barbara Synowiez, chair of the Nursing Department, Melody Hyatt, Wachovia’s Lumberton financial center manager, David Parker, president of Wachovia’s eastern N.C. region, Donna Cutrell, clinical nursing instruction, patient simulator and Chancellor Meadors.

The Wachovia bankers met with nursing students, toured five clinical simulation laboratories and spoke with one of the computerized “patient simulators.”

“An advanced patient simulator can cost as much as $100,000,” said Dr. Barbara Synowiez, chair of the Nursing Department. “We appreciate the gift from Wachovia for the Bridging the Gap program.

“The purpose of this project is to increase the nursing workforce diversity in a region that is medically underserved,” she continued. “The project will increase the cultural competency of the nursing workforce and the quality of health care service of the region.”

Wachovia is a diversified financial services company that provides a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services with retail and commercial banking operations in 21 states.

Wachovia has assets exceeding $708 billion and deposits of more than $408 billion. It is a tier one bank and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WB.

Improving education is the number one priority of the Wachovia Foundation followed by community development, health and human services and arts and culture.

UNCP’s Nursing Department was founded in 1992 to provide educational opportunities and professional advancement for registered nurses to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. In 2005, the four-year pre-licensure program opened and granted its first BSN degrees in May 2007.

For more information about nursing at UNCP, please call 910.521.6522 or email nursing@uncp.edu.