The Quantum Foundation has awarded Palm Beach Atlantic University two grants totaling more than $280,000 over two years for health care needs in Palm Beach County.
“Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Nursing and the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy are grateful to have the support of the Quantum Foundation as we seek new and innovative ways to improve access to health care in our community,” University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. said. “We believe the two programs supported by the grants contribute to our strategic plan and will serve a great number of county residents in the years to come.”
Quantum Foundation President Eric M. Kelly says: “When we look at projects that will have a real impact on a specific area of the county’s health, we know we’ll need skilled professional partners to help us implement them, so we turn to learning institutions like Palm Beach Atlantic where those skills are nurtured and housed right here in our community.”
A grant for $250,000 will go toward the PBA School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, which will launch in January 2015. The program will prepare graduates for state licensure to serve as nurse practitioners.
Graduates of Palm Beach Atlantic’s proposed DNP program, upon receipt of state licensure, will be equipped to work as nurse practitioners providing primary healthcare to patients including prescribing a range of medications. They also will be prepared to work in private practice, serve in hospital administration, teach nursing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and lead a variety of health-related organizations. For more information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, call (561) 803-2122.
A separate Quantum Foundation grant for $30,744 will go toward MedData, a prescription assistance service administered locally by Palm Beach Atlantic University. The program, offered through six clinics, provides assistance to indigent and uninsured patients in need of chronic care medication.
Through this program, patients are able to receive a three-month supply of certain medications, such as diabetes medications, through an online, physician-directed process. Clinics offering the program are the Community Health Center, Caridad, Project Access, Diabetes Education & Research Center, Genesis Community Health and FoundCare. Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Amy Henneman administers the program.