Staff from the University of Central Arkansas Division of Advancement deliver meals to Conway Regional Health System.

The University of Central Arkansas recently donated 230 meals to Conway Regional Health System. Staff from the Division of Advancement delivered the meals while following COVID-19 guidelines. 

“We wanted to show support for the health care workers at Conway Regional, many of whom are UCA alumni, who are working to keep our community healthy and safe,” said Mary Lackie, interim vice president of the Division of Advancement. “Conway Regional is one of UCA’s many great partners. This is just a small gesture of appreciation.”

The meals were delivered during National Hospital Week hosted May 10-16. During that week, Advancement staff delivered 80 breakfasts to individuals leaving work from the night shift on Monday and 150 lunches to the entire staff on Thursday. 

Conway Regional has several ongoing partnership efforts with UCA, one of which is the Partnership for Clinical Excellence (PCE). Through this partnership, nursing students are awarded a $2,500 scholarship per semester for four semesters. Students who receive the scholarships are jointly selected by the university and Conway Regional and must commit to working for Conway Regional for a minimum of two years after graduation and passing licensure requirements. 

The Partnership for Clinical Excellence not only helps UCA nursing students with the costs of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It provides Conway Regional Health System with highly qualified nurses who will commit to working at the institution following graduation and licensure,” said Susan Gatto, director of the UCA School of Nursing. “The PCE students are chosen at the beginning of the nursing program which allows us to place them at Conway Regional during many of their clinical rotations. Upon graduating, the students are confident and know the Conway Regional Health System well. Both institutions benefit greatly from this partnership.”