Posted by Kaitlyn McConnell on Sept. 5, 2017 Dr. Amy DeMelo, president of Cox College; Eddie Marmouget, national industry partner for BKD's health care practice; Andy Williams, partner in BKD's health care practice; and Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation hold a $15,000 check.

In just a few short months, Cox College’s revitalization campaign is already past $2 million in committed support – and the figure that put it over the line was $15,000 from the BKD Foundation.

“We are thrilled to support this cause, since we know that the need for medical professionals is a great one,” says Andy Williams with the BKD Foundation. “Being able to be part of these efforts is a great way to help make this area an even better place to live, work and invest.”

The donation is part of Cox College’s $6.6 million capital campaign, which will completely renovate the facility. Located adjacent to Cox North Hospital in the heart of one of Springfield’s historic districts, the college’s administrators seek to increase the students it trains – and future health care professionals -- as “Baby Boomers” retire.

Revitalizing the campus will allow for greater classroom space, and will help increase the cap of how many students the Missouri State Board of Nursing allows the college to accept. Cox College has one of the largest numbers of nursing licensure seats in southwest Missouri, but more nurses are greatly needed across the region and state. The Missouri Hospital Association has reported in 2017 that nursing vacancies statewide are up 6 percent over last year. 

“This campaign impacts everyone and anyone who might ever need a nurse in our region,” says Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation. “As the nursing shortage grows, this is a proactive effort to ensure we have the nursing professionals we will need to serve our community. We are grateful to all our donors who are investing in the future of healthcare by giving to this campaign.”

In addition to the BKD Foundation’s donation, $50,000 from the Sunderland Foundation, $150,000 from the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Foundation and $100,000 from the Cruse Trust have been recently received in support of nursing education. In total, the campaign is now at $2,152,353 and climbing.