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Hardin Memorial Health presents $100,000 gift to ECTC for University Center

At the October HMH Board of Trustees meeting, Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) presented a $100,000 donation to support the University Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC). Leaders from the healthcare system and the college, as well as faculty, students and members of the University Center Campaign Committee were on hand for the presentation.

“ECTC has long been critical to HMH’s success. The new University Center will help even more HMH team members advance their careers,” said HMH Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Wright, who also serves as the University Center Campaign Committee co-chair. “HMH is growing rapidly and the only way we can continue to deliver high quality healthcare is to recruit and retain a well-trained workforce.”

The University Center makes higher education more accessible and affordable, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees that align with the needs of the region’s employers. For example, Spalding University will offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

HMH is committed to supporting all employees’ educational pursuits, Wright said, and employees need local access to higher education so they can work and go to school.

“Also, if students have to leave our region to obtain bachelor’s degrees, they don’t always return. The new University Center will help HMH and other employers retain talent,” Wright said.

HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson called the University Center a visionary project.

“This is a huge and important investment in our community’s future,” Johnson said. “For generations to come, the University Center at ECTC will pave the way for students and employers to grow and thrive, right here in Central Kentucky.”

ECTC President and CEO Dr. Juston Pate expressed gratitude for the gift as well as the longtime partnership between the college and HMH. From providing instructors, to hosting clinical rotations, to advising program development and making in-kind donations, HMH supports the college’s healthcare programs in multiple ways, he said.

“We are so thankful to the HMH team for their leadership, their partnership and their belief in the power of the University Center.” Pate said. “Judge-Executive Harry Berry and HMH leaders are once again leading our region, making a very significant contribution to a critically important project.”

To support the University Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, visit or contact ECTC Dean of Institutional Advancement Megan Stith at 270-706-8721 or

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