Patrick Henry Community College and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County collaborate to grow healthcare workforce across the region

August 27, 2014

Officials at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County (MHMHC) today announced a collaboration that will provide PHCC nursing students a seamless pathway in advancing their
nursing careers.
Memorial Hospital and LifePoint Hospitals® have committed $100,000 to the PHCC Foundation to establish the ‘”Martinsville Memorial Fellows Scholarship Program” (MMFSP) which will provide $20,000 annually (for five years) for six Fellows Scholarship awards. Three scholarships will be awarded to current PHCC nursing program students (or graduating high school students accepted into the PHCC nursing program) and three awards will be made to PHCC nursing students upon graduation of the program. Graduates will use the scholarship funds to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Old Dominion University (ODU).
“The Virginia Health Reform Commission has projected a shortage of almost 23,000 nurses by the year 2020,” said Eric Deaton, Market Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hospital. “Realizing that nurses are an integral part of our hospital, and that education plays a vital role in building the economy of our region, we believe investing in the future of students pursuing nursing degrees in our community is one way Memorial Hospital can offset or ease this shortfall and ensure that we have well trained nurses available and living in our community to provide needed care for our patients.”
The Martinsville Memorial Fellows Scholarship Program will award its first scholarships this fall. PHCC students interested in applying for the awards or needing additional information should contact the PHCC Foundation office:

Frith Hall, Room 153
645 Patriot Road
Martinsville, VA

Certain eligibility requirements apply to participating Fellows to include:
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA in the PHCC nursing program (or in high school). This 3.5 GPA must be maintained throughout the duration of the Fellows program.
  • Must commit to an employment term with Memorial Hospital upon completion of the program and successfully passing Virginia licensure examinations. 
“Quality healthcare is a major cornerstone of our community’s economic future,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, President of PHCC. “The Martinsville Memorial Fellows Scholarship Program addresses one of the most critical needs in our area – healthcare. PHCC is proud to partner with Memorial Hospital in continuing to educate and provide top-quality nurses to our healthcare industry and are truly excited about this program which is not only a vote of confidence in our college and our students, but a strong vote of confidence in our community as well.”

About Patrick Henry Community College
Founded in 1962 as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia's School of General Studies, (subsequently becoming an autonomous two-year college of the university two years later), Patrick Henry Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution serving Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, and the southern portion of Franklin County. One of 23 community colleges in Virginia, Patrick Henry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and offers 15 associate degree programs with an additional 16 specializations available within those degree options; 12 certificate programs and 40 career studies certificate programs. The college also delivers a variety of  non-traditional programs such as customized workforce development training, industry-recognized certifications, developmental and transitional programs, and courses for personal enrichment. For more information visit

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information, visit