WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University strengthen nursing partnership

WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University (KSU) announced today that they have forged a…

Georgia (Aug 28, 2008) — WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University strengthen nursing partnership

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WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University
Strengthen Nursing Partnership

MARIETTA‚ Ga. (Aug. 28‚ 2008) – WellStar Health System and Kennesaw State University (KSU) announced today that they have forged a stronger strategic partnership designed to enhance KSU’s top−notch nursing program and to develop WellStar’s workforce of the future.

“This expanded partnership will allow Kennesaw State to continue attracting the best and brightest nursing students in the state‚” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “We are very pleased that our WellStar School of Nursing will work even more closely with such a high−quality healthcare provider as WellStar.”

Kennesaw State and WellStar‚ the largest integrated health system in the southeast‚ will partner in workforce planning efforts to recruit more KSU Bachelor of Science nurses to work throughout the WellStar system. In order to recruit the best nursing graduates‚ the partnership will establish an adjunct faculty certification for qualified WellStar nurses who teach in KSU’s Preceptor Program‚ through which B.S.N. students spend six−to−eight weeks in on−the−job training. This robust program will provide KSU nursing students a more focused clinical training experience and help foster WellStar’s vision to provide world−class healthcare.

The partnership also will provide faculty development funds to retain nursing faculty within KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing. Scholarships for undergraduate students also will be provided.

Kennesaw State University consistently records some of the highest passing rates among state universities on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

“Kennesaw State University offers one of the strongest nursing programs – and the largest – in the state of Georgia‚” said Gregory L. Simone‚ M.D.‚ president and chief executive officer of WellStar Health System. “Combined with WellStar’s mission to provide high−quality healthcare services to this community‚ we are excited about the potential this partnership represents.”

WellStar and Kennesaw State have collaborated in many efforts since the 1980s. The partnership was formalized in 2003 with the naming of KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing and the WellStar College of Health & Human Services. Today’s announcement enhances that long−standing‚ successful partnership.


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.

The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world class healthcare through our hospitals‚ physicians and services. WellStar Health System includes Cobb‚ Douglas‚ Kennestone‚ Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Physicians Group; Urgent Care Centers; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center and WellStar Foundation. For more information‚ call (770) 956−STAR or visit www.wellstar.org.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu