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CaroMont Hosts Roundtable About Connect NC Bond and Its Local Impact in Gaston County

03-02-2016

CaroMont Health hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday, February 25 about the Connect NC Bond, a $2 billion bond package that, if passed, will provide much-needed funding for a number of needs throughout North Carolina. Citizens across the state will have an opportunity to vote on the bond referendum in the primary election on March 15, 2016.

If passed, the bond money will go to support several economic development projects in Gaston County, as well as health and science programs at Gaston College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This funding will ensure nursing students at both schools continue to have access to high quality education and the necessary training through their partnership with CaroMont. Moreover, CaroMont will continue to reap the benefits of a highly skilled workforce.

“CaroMont employs more than 1,200 nurses,” said Doug Luckett, President and CEO at CaroMont Health. “Our partnership with both Gaston College and UNC Charlotte means that we will continue to have top-notch employees available to our patients and that they can remain in their community for their education and employment.”

Of the nearly 150 nursing students enrolled each year at Gaston College, more than half come to CaroMont to complete their clinical training. Trish Goble MSN, RN-BC first came to CaroMont in 2006 as a nursing student from Gaston College. After completing her clinical training and earning her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Goble officially joined the CaroMont family in 2008 on the 6-North unit at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Soon after, Goble enrolled in UNC Charlotte’s undergraduate program to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Goble later went on to earn her Masters and will graduate this May with her Doctorate in Nursing from UNC Charlotte.

“One of the happiest days of my life was when I became a nurse,” said Trish Goble MSN, RN-BC. “The quality of education I received at both schools is immeasurable and the relationships I have made along the way have opened so many doors of opportunity.”

When asked why she thought the bond was important to Gaston County, Goble shared that having access to education locally allowed her to pursue her dream and receive high quality education and advance her career, all while raising her family.

Thursday’s forum brought together key leaders from the immediate and surrounding communities including: Senator Kathy Harrington, Co-Chair of the NC Senate Appropriations Committee; Phillip L. Dubois, Chancellor, UNC Charlotte; Cynthia McCrory, Vice President of Finance, Business and Facilities, Gaston College; Nan Fey-Yensen, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, UNC Charlotte; Doug Luckett, President and CEO, CaroMont Health; Trish Goble, Nurse Manager, 6-North/NICHE Unit, CaroMont Health; Brett Keeter, Gaston College Board of Trustees and Past-President of UNC Charlotte Alumni Association; and Pearl Burris-Floyd, Chief Operating Officer of Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, UNC Board of Governors and CaroMont Health Board of Directors.

Highlights of NC Connect Bond
It's been 15 years since the last general obligation bond was approved by the voters to upgrade North Carolina’s infrastructure and since then, the state population has grown by 2 million people. The Connect NC bond will provide:

  • $5.9 million for Gaston College for construction of a new Veterinary Technician facility, and upgrades for both the Dallas and Lincoln Campuses.
  • $90 million for new Science Building at UNC Charlotte.
  • $750,000 for improvements at Crowder’s Mountain.
  • Water/Sewer Infrastructure grants for municipalities to encourage more business growth and economic development in Gaston County.

To learn more about Connect NC Bond, visit www.connect.nc.gov.

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