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AdventHealth to provide $1.7 million for Polk State Nursing

In a collaborative partnership focused on community initiatives, AdventHealth is contributing $1.7 million to the Polk State College Foundation to provide resources to enhance the College’s Nursing Program. The media is invited to learn more:

AdventHealth-Polk State College Media Event
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 3 p.m.
Where: Polk State College’s Winter Haven Campus, 999 Ave. H N.E.
in the library located on the third floor of the WLR Learning Resources Building
Speakers: Tim Clark, President and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk Market, and Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, President of Polk State College

Through philanthropic support, AdventHealth will provide financial resources to invest in the leadership of the College’s Nursing Program by endowing the AdventHealth Dean of Nursing position.

“Polk State is grateful to AdventHealth for its commitment to the advancement of quality education and training in health sciences,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “AdventHealth’s donation will further support our College in recruiting and retaining highly skilled talent and further enhance the Nursing Program for both our students and the community, where our graduates are successfully filling critical workforce needs in healthcare.”

Polk State’s Nursing Program includes the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs which are known for their rigor and success in preparing highly qualified nursing professionals. Polk State Associate in Science in Nursing graduates consistently exceed state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), with 2021 graduates boasting a nearly 91% pass rate on the exam compared to 64% at the state level and 82% nationally.

“Polk State College has an ongoing reputation of education excellence,” said Tim Clark, President and CEO of the AdventHealth Polk Market. “This partnership aligns with our mission of providing high quality, whole person care and will allow Polk State to continue to nurture the next generation of nurses and specifically help impact the need we have for highly trained and well qualified health care professionals.”

The need for registered nurses continues to grow nationally and locally, with this occupation listed on the 2021-2022 Regional Demand Occupations List for Polk County with approximately 300 vacancies each year.
The AdventHealth Dean of Nursing will provide support for the expansion of Polk State’s limited-access, highly sought-after Nursing Program, as well as ensure the College keeps its finger on the pulse of industry needs in direct partnership with AdventHealth.

The Polk State College Foundation’s long-standing mission is to provide Polk State with the resources for the advancement of the College, its students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies.

“This partnership with AdventHealth paves the way for the Foundation to enhance other College programs through community partnerships,” said Greta Dupuy, Chair of the Polk State College Foundation.
“It is creative collaborations like this that provide impactful and sustainable solutions for our community,” Falconetti said.

About Polk State College
Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 14,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as 9,000 individuals in a wide range of certificate and workforce training programs. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

About AdventHealth West Florida Division
The West Florida Division of AdventHealth has some of the nation’s brightest medical minds making lifesaving breakthroughs with surgical pioneers, scientists and researchers using leading edge technology and innovation to deliver our brand of whole-person care. Our network of care includes AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Connerton, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth Heart of Florida, AdventHealth Lake Placid, AdventHealth Lake Wales, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Ocala, AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wauchula, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills, as well as seven freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including AdventHealth Belleview ER, AdventHealth Brandon ER, AdventHealth Central Pasco ER, AdventHealth Four Corners ER, AdventHealth Palm Harbor ER, AdventHealth TimberRidge ER, and AdventHealth Westchase ER. We are more than hospitals, as we have a robust system of care including specialty acute care, over 200 primary care and specialty employed physicians, Express Care at Walgreens clinics, urgent care centers, wound care, physical therapy, home care, mobile mammography and more. AdventHealth is a faith-based not-for-profit health care system with a mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. AdventHealth has hundreds of care sites and more than 50 hospitals across the United States. For more information about AdventHealth, visit, or, and for West Florida Division, click here.

Contact: Madison Fantozzi

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