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Washington Regional Gifts $1 Million to NWACC


Lisa Anderson
Executive Director of Planning, Effectiveness and Public Relations
479-619-2227 |

Annetta Tirey
Executive Director
NWACC Foundation 
479-619-4176 |

Natalie Hardin 
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Washington Regional Medical Center
479-463-1290 |

Washington Regional Gifts $1 Million to NWACC

Gift to support college’s health professions and nursing programs.

Springdale, Ark. (June 4, 2019) - Washington Regional Medical System recently gifted NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) with $1 million in support of the college’s health professions and nurse training programs. The gift supports the NWACC Foundation’s NWACC NOW! capital campaign to raise funds for its new Washington County building. It includes funding for the location’s Washington Regional Nursing Simulation Lab and support for NWACC’s existing health professions training programs. The nursing simulation lab will offer hands-on learning opportunities to prepare nursing students for the fast-paced acute care environment, and ultimately help fill the expanding healthcare needs of the northwest Arkansas region. 

“Here at Washington Regional, it’s essential for our success to support NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s outstanding health professions and nurse training programs,” states President and CEO of Washington Regional Larry Shackelford. “Following graduation from these programs, many NWACC students go on to serve our community and work at Washington Regional, which is why we’re honored to help ensure they receive the best training possible.” 

“Our partnership with Washington Regional will ensure the continuity of high-quality health professions and nurse training programs to meet the growing needs of Northwest Arkansas, and to provide the best possible educational environment for our students. This gift is especially important for the expansion of our nursing program due to the shortage of nurses in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas Center for Nursing, one-third of qualified nursing school applicants were turned away from Arkansas nursing schools in the fall of 2017 due to lack of clinical space and faculty. This support from Washington Regional will help us meet the needs of both prospective students seeking to pursue this occupational path and the community by training more nursing professionals for our growing region,” says NWACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. 

Construction of NWACC’s new Washington County location in Springdale is underway and will open to students for classes in January, 2020. 

About NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC):
NWACC is an accredited, public two-year institution that serves and strengthens its surrounding communities by helping students maximize their potential and exceed expectations. With state-of-the-art facilities, NWACC provides excellent academic instruction, workforce training and personalized attention from highly respected faculty, staff and administrators. For more information, visit

About Washington Regional: 
Washington Regional is the only not-for-profit, community-owned and locally governed healthcare system in Northwest Arkansas. Its comprehensive healthcare network employs over 3,000 people and consists of a 425-bed medical center and more than 40 clinic locations. Washington Regional is committed to improving the health of people in communities it serves through compassionate, high-quality care, prevention and wellness education. Visit for more information.

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