TMH Foundation contributes $500,000 for scholarships

February 21, 2017

Mickey Moore and TCC OfficialsTallahassee, Fla. (February 20, 2017) – The Tallahassee Community College Foundation announced several major gifts today, including a gift from the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation valued at $500,000.

That gift will support scholarships for students in TCC’s healthcare programs, including nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, emergency medical services and others.

The gift was presented by Mickey Moore, president and chief advancement officer of the TMH Foundation.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system that includes a 772-bed acute care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, multiple specialty care centers, three residency programs, 32 affiliated physician practices, and partnerships with Florida State University College of Medicine, University of Florida Health and other hospitals.

Mark O’Bryant, president and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, noted that the TMH staff includes a large number of TCC healthcare alumni.

“We all recognize that the quality of work is defined by the quality of our workforce. This is never more true than at TMH, where we are entrusted with the healthcare of our community. For this reason, we are deeply grateful for TCC and their focus on helping us train our future nurses, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists and other crucial allied health specialists. We only have to look at TCC to find world-class healthcare professionals to serve our patients.”

Mickey Moore, from the TMH Foundation, focused on the importance of community collaborations, especially those centered on education and healthcare.

“This is a way for us to be a good partner in our community and to invest in our future as an organization, because we want highly educated, highly prepared professionals to come to work for us. It just makes sense to invest in education, invest in our community and invest in our shared future,” said Moore.

The two organizations have collaborated on many projects over the years, including development of TCC’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education, which opened in 2011 on land donated by TMH. That donation and the new scholarships in part reflect TCC’s role in helping TMH address the shortage of nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

Jim Murdaugh, TCC president, noted that students in TCC’s healthcare programs tend to stay in the local area after graduating, helping to ensure that Big Bend residents continue to have access to high-quality healthcare.

“TCC and TMH are both community institutions, dedicated to serving the people who live here and making this a better place to live,” said Murdaugh. “We are truly thankful to have a neighbor and partner like Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, who shares our vision of the future and helps us make it happen.”

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu.