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CHI Saint Joseph Health, Kentucky State University Form Alliance to Increase Number of Nurses in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2022) – CHI Saint Joseph Health today announced plans to invest $2.5 million in tuition assistance and program support of the Kentucky State University School of Nursing over the next five years. The alliance will include direct job placement for nurses at CHI Saint Joseph Health upon completion of the KSU nursing program.

“CHI Saint Joseph Health and Kentucky State University share common core values – collaboration and inclusion,” said Anthony A. Houston, Ed.D., FACHE, market CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health. “We are excited about this opportunity to form a transformational and lasting relationship with Kentucky State University to help educate the next generation of nurses across the commonwealth and to build on the quality nursing team we have across Kentucky at CHI Saint Joseph Health.” 

Under the partnership, CHI Saint Joseph Health will provide scholarships of up to 30 students enrolled at any time in the KSU School of Nursing of up to $20,000 total. The total award for each student is intended to cover the two years of the associate degree (AASN) or the final two years of the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. Students who receive the scholarship must meet program requirements and work with a CHI Saint Joseph Health-appointed liaison through the program, and commit to working in a CHI Saint Joseph Health facility as a registered nurse for 30 months.

“The dire nursing shortage across the country is expected to intensify over the next few years,” said KSU Acting President Clara Ross Stamps, Ed.D. “This partnership with CHI Saint Joseph Health will allow us to work together to expand and increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in Kentucky by helping students achieve their goal of caring for others as we work to continue a journey to excellence in our School of Nursing.”

The scholarship application period is open. For more information about CHI Saint Joseph Health, visit; to learn more about the KSU School of Nursing, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University is a public, comprehensive, historically Black land-grant university committed to advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, enhancing society, and impacting individuals by providing quality teaching with a foundation in liberal studies, scholarly research, and public service to enable productive lives within the diverse global economy.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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