Contributing writerOne benefit of being the number one hospital in LifePoint Hospitals Inc., owner of MMC, is the donation made available from Life Point at MMC. We have a combined donation of $15,000 awarding $3,750 to each school. We chose nursing programs at Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, Southern Arkansas University and Northwest Louisiana vocational Technical College. Minden Medical Center has worked with Louisiana Tech, Grambling, SAU and Northwest Tech for a number of years as a site for clinical rotations and preceptor programs. Clinical rotations allow the nursing students to rotate through medical/surgical units, labor and delivery, surgery, ICU, Emergency and nursery giving them a broad scope of experience. A preceptor program is offered to students during their last clinical semester. This program allows the student the opportunity to work with a nurse in the hospital setting on a one-on-one basis in a designated department. The preceptor program is beneficial for the student in that the nurse can share her experience and knowledge with the student and the student can refine skills and techniques they have been developing throughout their nursing program. “A number of our staff come from one of these four schools so we felt that giving back to our source of employees was a good investment for us,” states Donna Carter, Chief Nursing Officer. Donna Greer, MSN, nursing instructor received the monies on behalf of Grambling State University. “Having been an employee of Minden Medical Center, I understand the culture of the facility. It is an honor to introduce our students to such a positive atmosphere. Minden Medical Center has given to its community for years and it is rewarding for all the learning institutions to be able to be a part of the excellence that Minden Medical Center has to offer,” states Greer. George French, CEO comments, “This was a great honor for the staff to receive the “High 5” award and being able to share monies with deserving educational systems makes this more special.