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Student wins grant for Scotland County hospital

October 15, 2009

A project in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) classroom resulted in a $100,000 grant for Scotland Memorial Hospital in nearby Laurinburg, N.C.

The grant, from the Cannon Foundation of Concord, N.C., will expand the hospital's employee education facilities.

Dan Barbee

Dan Barbee

Greg Stanley

Greg Stanley

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Greg Stanley, who was director of staff development at Scotland Memorial and a student in an MPA class taught by Dr. Dan Barbee (MPA), left, said the class assignment awakened him to the possibilities of doing something big.

"It was a senior graduate project that I needed to do to satisfy the final requirement in the Master of Public Administration program at UNCP," said Stanley. "I decided to apply for a grant for the hospital, and I found the opportunity to do so through the Cannon Foundation."

Dr. Barbee said Stanley is an exemplary student and the successful grant application embodies the mission of the MPA program.

"Greg's effort demonstrates the mix of theory, research and practicality that we hope our students can take from this program," Dr. Barbee said. "I should also add that Greg Stanley's journey exemplifies the kind of breadth we have designed into our program for students who truly wish to enhance their professional development and career."

Stanley found out his grant was approved during the last few weeks of class. He graduated this summer and will join classmates in Winter Commencement ceremonies in December.

Needless to say, Stanley was pleased with the results of his work.

"I am very happy this grant was approved, and for the opportunity that now exists to consolidate the education department into one location," Stanley said. "There is a 4,000-square-foot brick building on campus that will become the new department headquarters; renovations to the building will begin within the next 60 days, and should be completed in six months."

Stanley said he received considerable help with the grant application. "It was really a group effort," he said. "I had a great deal of assistance from Dr. Barbee, from Pam Hudson, grant writer for the Scotland Foundation, and from others.

Dr. Barbee, who directs the MPA program, praised Stanley's project.

"Greg's proposal had to be researched carefully, and it had to be well written in order to be competitive for that large a sum of funding support," Dr. Barbee said.

"Greg has always been a very solid student in this program," Dr. Barbee continued. "He came to us with a strong work ethic, and this accomplishment demonstrates his commitment. I look forward to continued association with Greg and wish him all the best in his health administration career."

Stanley participated in the health administration concentration of the MPA program, and he is grateful for the assistance he received.

"I am grateful that the grant was approved, and I hope the new location is of great benefit to many," Stanley concluded.

Steve Wallace, executive director of the Scotland Memorial Foundation, was "thrilled" that the education department received the grant.

"One of the joys of this job is matching grant funding with hospital needs; this is an excellent example of how this works," Wallace said.

UNCP has more than one connection to Scotland Health Care Systems. Chancellor Jenkins is a Board of Trustees member.

In a meeting at the hospital, Dr. Jenkins offered these thoughts.

"We have a great partnership between UNC Pembroke, Scotland Memorial Hospital and the health care community," Dr. Jenkins said. "I am very excited to be here today to support Greg and the fine work he has done."

A Lumberton, N.C., resident, Stanley is now director of cardiopulmonary, neurology and respiratory at the hospital.

The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by the late Charles A. Cannon, who was president and chairman of the Cannon Mills Company for more than 50 years.

Updated: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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