Leaders of Baylor Health Care System hospitals in Collin County–including Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney and THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano–recently presented a $20,000 donation check to Collin College on behalf of Baylor. The donation is earmarked for scholarships for students pursuing degrees in health care-related fields such as nursing, respiratory therapy, surgical technology and other high demand occupations.
Baylor has a long history of supporting Collin College through annual donations as
well as by providing job opportunities for its graduates. But it’s a two-way street
according to Jerri Garison, Baylor Plano president.
“We like partnering with Collin College because they are producing great workers in
many fields of health care that go on to serve the Plano and Collin County community,”
explains Garison. “It’s really been a mutually beneficial relationship for as long
as I can remember.”
Cary A. Israel, Collin College district president, agrees. “Baylor’s investment in
scholarships at Collin College provides a meaningful return not only to students but
to our community because they support the future nurses and health care professionals
who will be caring for us.”
Annually, approximately 275 students graduate from Collin College’s in health care
credit programs. Many Baylor nurses, technicians and therapists received education
and training through Collin College or other North Texas college districts. Collin
College regularly attends Baylor Plano education fairs for Baylor employees and their
family and friends interested in pursuing a degree or certification in a health care-related
“Collin County is an extremely competitive market for health care, so having a college
system like Collin College with quality medical training programs is essential to
our local industry,” says Garison.