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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that Union College will receive $495,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help with the renovation of the Old Knox County Hospital. This funding will support the engineering component of the renovation of the Hospital into new academic facilities for the college to develop a full-fledged nursing program. Last year, Rogers secured this funding as part of the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.

“Expanding opportunities in education is vital for our communities and will help to move our region forward,” said Rogers. “I applaud Union College for their commitment to helping students advance and making health care a priority. Training the next generation of health care professionals right here in southern and eastern Kentucky will go a long way towards filling the current nursing shortages we face.”

The amount will fund the architect and engineering that is required to convert the Old Knox County Hospital into a new academic building. Union College will use this expansion of academic facilities to establish a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) training and allied health programs. This program will help to alleviate the critical shortage of trained nurses throughout Appalachia and the nation. Combined with previous ARC grants of $25,000, Rogers has helped secure a total of $520,000 for this project.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit