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Half Million Dollars Will Help Texoma Nurses

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GRAYSON COUNTY--The Texoma Health Foundation is getting a grant to help nurses.

Texoma Health Foundation promises to match the $250,000 dollar grant to aid in nursing education and retention in Texoma. 

Community leaders say that the half million dollar endeavor will help keep medical jobs from leaving to the Dallas area.

"It's hard to find continuing education in our area that meets our needs, and so a lot of times we're having to spend extra dollars traveling down south to the Metroplex to get education," Deborah Burchfie said, director of nurses. "So if we can have that locally, and have a high quality, then it's going to benefit our community."

"We're dependent on all of the local training institutions of our population of nurses and obviously we can't run the hospital without really good nurses who know quality and have good clinical judgement, and utilize good critical thinking in now they take care of our patients," Mackey Watkins, Texoma Medical Center CEO, said.

Nine foundations nationwide have received funding from the partners investing in nursing's future from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation.

Jen French, KTEN News