School of Nursing Receives Rural Health Endowment

Rural West Texas remains one of the country's most medically underserved regions.

Rural West Texas remains one of the country's most medically underserved regions.

The School of Nursing at the Permian Basin recently received a generous gift from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation to establish an Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Practice with an emphasis in rural health. The chair will investigate ways to incorporate scientific nursing data to deliver innovative patient care and implement improved health disparities research and programs throughout rural West Texas.

“The James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation’s continued partnership with the School of Nursing makes it possible for us to combine the resources needed to improve research and health care for rural West Texas residents,” said President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.

TTUHSC’s 131,000-square-mile service area, with a population of 2.7 million, remains one of the country’s most medically underserved. School of Nursing Dean Michael L. Evans, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, said endowments allow the school to recruit exceptional faculty and generate research funds critical to producing qualified nurses to meet America’s rising health services demand.

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