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IBX Foundation announces new initiative for military veterans to become nurses

From left to right: Stephen P. Fera, Executive VP, Public Affairs and Government Markets, Heather Major, Foundation Executive Director, Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Admiral Karen Flaherty-Oxler, MSN, RN, Medical Center Director Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross CEO and President

From left to right: Stephen P. Fera, Executive VP, Public Affairs and Government Markets, Heather Major, Foundation Executive Director, Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Admiral Karen Flaherty-Oxler, MSN, RN, Medical Center Director Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross CEO and President

Funding enables area nursing schools to better support veteran undergraduate students 

The Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Foundation today announced a first-of-its kind nursing education pathway program for military veterans. The IBX Foundation Service Scholars Program offers area nursing schools funding to enhance educational benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program at participating schools.

The IBX Foundation Service Scholars Program expands on more than a decade of the IBX Foundation’s commitment to improve educational opportunities for a more diverse and prepared nursing workforce. Through the IBX Foundation Service Scholars Program, veteran students will be eligible to receive scholarships and non-tuition aid along with support beyond the classroom including career development opportunities and one-on-one mentoring. The program complements national efforts to support military veterans returning to civilian life.

Pennsylvania is projected to have a significant shortage in its healthcare workforce, with the need for nurses alone expected to increase by 9% by 2030. This new initiative will address this gap by accelerating qualified and committed veterans into the nursing workforce.

“A career in nursing allows veterans to transition to civilian life while continuing to serve their country and live their values,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “We’re excited to work collaboratively with our nursing school partners to support veteran student success on campus and ultimately enhance our health care workforce with highly-skilled nurses.”

The IBX Foundation will announce the recipients of the new funding opportunity in early 2024.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity.

Since its inception, the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: ibxfoundation.org. Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.

Media Contact:
Ruth Stoolman
215.667.9537
Ruth.Stoolman@ibx.com

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: ibxfoundation.org. Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.

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