BOZEMAN – Logan Health has signed a letter of intent to donate land for a new nursing education building in Kalispell to be built with a portion of a $ 101 million investment by philanthropists Mark and Robyn Jones at Montana State University.
“We are thrilled to be involved in this investment in education for our future nurses. There is no better education than learning alongside Logan Health’s highly skilled and experienced nurses, and we are honored to host nursing students from many programs within the state, ”said April McGauley, president of Logan Health Medical Center and Chief Nursing Officer. “This new facility will help increase the number of graduate nurses, which will help us better serve our patients.”
In August 2021, Mark and Robyn Jones announced a $ 101 million philanthropic investment in Montana State University to build new, larger, more state-of-the-art educational facilities on its five campuses for its nursing college in Bozeman, Billings, Great. Waterfalls, Kalispell and Missoula. This investment offers the first opportunity to have university-owned facilities in Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula, currently using rental facilities.
MSU’s college of nursing, now called Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing, provides graduate, master’s, and doctoral nurses, but was unable to significantly increase the number of graduates due to limited space. With the Joneses’ philanthropic investment providing new facilities in five cities across the state, the college aims to fill the projected nursing shortage by 2030.
“Montana State University’s ongoing partnership with Logan Health is critical to our college of nursing efforts to address the anticipated shortage of state registered nurses,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “We are grateful to Logan Health for this incredible gift and equally grateful for their continued collaboration.”
Logan Health will provide land located on the north side of the Kalispell campus for the new nursing education building.
“We are delighted to be part of this project and are thrilled to have improved nursing education on our campus,” said Craig Lambrecht, President and CEO of Logan Health. “Partnerships like these offer significant benefits to our community and will have a positive impact on patient care for years to come.”
Mark and Robyn Jones are the founders of Goosehead Insurance Inc., which has offices across the nation. Founded in 2003 by Robyn Jones, Goosehead now has more than 2,300 offices in the United States
The Joneses, who have a home in Whitefish, said their intention with the $ 101 million is to help address one of the most important challenges of our time: access to health care, especially for residents of the United States. rural and frontier communities, where there is little population and high geographical distance.
The Joneses’ philanthropic investment – the largest ever granted to a nursing college at the time, as well as the largest private gift in the history of the state of Montana – will be:
- Provide funding for new university-owned facilities on each of MSU College of Nursing’s five campuses in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula. Equipped with modern classrooms and state-of-the-art simulation labs, nursing students will hone their critical thinking and practice their skills in these new facilities.
- Establish five chairs of gifted faculties, the first in the history of MSU College of Nursing. These gifted chairs will position MSUs to attract top faculty talent during a nationwide shortage of nursing faculties.
- Develop a gifted scholarship fund that will enable MSU College of Nursing to keep the cost of nursing education accessible to all students.
- Support the development of a Certified Nursing Midwifery program at MSU, which would be the first and only program of its kind in the state, to prepare doctoral-level nurses who will significantly increase the number of skilled maternal health workers able and willing to provide services to rural and remote communities of Montana.
Logan Health is a 603-bed, non-profit healthcare system based in Kalispell. While the main medical campus is located in Flathead County, Logan Health draws from a total service area that covers 13 counties, nearly 40,000 square miles, and a population of over 600,000. The health system is comprised of six hospitals, more than 50 clinics, and a host of other health services, including the nation’s first rural air ambulance service (ALERT), which it has maintained for more than 40 years.
Logan Health’s land donation will go ahead of the Montana University System’s Montana Board of Regents approval.
Founded in 1937, Montana State University’s Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing offers undergraduate, accelerated, master’s and doctoral degrees to produce nurses, nursing executives, nursing educators, and professional nurses for Montana. Great Falls was the first location where higher division, clinical nursing education was offered, followed by the establishment of the Billings Nursing Campus in 1939, the Missoula Campus in 1976, and the Kalispell Campus in 2002. Nursing specializations have taken prerequisite courses in Bozeman at the MSU since 1937, the higher division or clinical nursing education was first offered at the Bozeman campus location in 2004.
Montana State is the largest registered nurse manufacturer in Montana and is the only doctoral nurse training provider in the state. More information is available at montana.edu/nursing.