Dignity Health has supported CGCC in a variety of ways. In 2007, they provided $500,000 in funding to help complete the construction of the health sciences building (Engel Hall) on the Williams Campus. Among many classrooms and faculty office space, the building houses a 10-bed nursing laboratory and a two-bed simulation lab. The beds and thousands of dollars in supplies for the laboratories were donated by Dignity Health, making them a realistic work environment for nursing students.
Dignity Health’s support of CGCC extends beyond donations to the college. Strong working relationships have been developed between CGCC faculty and Dignity Health professionals. For example, CGCC’s dietetic technology program requires 167 hours of internship under the supervision of a clinical nutrition manager and staff of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians. Dignity Health (Mercy Gilbert Medical Center) has provided this rigorous medical nutrition therapy (clinical) experience for a number of CGCC students. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has also employed CGCC alumnus in their Food and Nutrition Department.
Dignity Health also supports students through a number of long-standing scholarships for those pursuing nursing and health-related certificates and degrees.
This multi-faceted partnership with Dignity Health makes them a Hero of Education to Chandler-Gilbert Community College.