Scholarships Aim to Attract Nurses, Doctors to East Ky

May 23, 2017

Credit cedet.edu.edu

A Kentucky Medicaid managed care company Monday announced $180,000 in funding for two new scholarship programs.  

WellCare of Kentucky’s support aims to increase the number of doctors and nurses working in primary medicine and psychiatry in eastern Kentucky.


Kentucky River District Health Department Nursing Administrator Sharon Dunaway says contracting companies are bringing nurses from across the U.S. to work in the Hazard hospital setting. “I know the hospital is also offering a sign on bonus as it Pikeville hospital and several around this area to try to get nurses to be able to come and work in their facilities,” said Dunaway.

Within the seven east Kentucky county region, Dunaway says there is a two nurse shortage in health departments.  The 25-year nurse says better pay and shorter work weeks are found at hospitals in central Kentucky.  WellCare funding will support 30 scholarships for medical and nursing students at various stages of their studies.

WellCare of Kentucky’s support aims to increase the number of doctors and nurses working in primary medicine and psychiatry in eastern Kentucky.