Cumberlands receives $1 million donation for new School of Nursing

Terry and Marion Forcht donate $1 million to the University of the Cumberlands to help establish a school of nursing. | Photo contributed

WILLIAMSBURG - A generous gift by Terry and Marion Forcht is making it possible for students at University of the Cumberlands to better prepare for workforce placement in the medical field upon graduation.

The Forchts are donating $1 million to help establish the Terry & Marion Forcht School of Nursing, which will house a variety of medical programs for the University, including the RN to BSN, master's degree in nursing-family nurse practitioner, certified nurse aid course, as well as future nursing-related programs.

"This donation will benefit our students who are considering working in health sciences, especially in nursing-related fields," said Dr. Larry Cockrum, President of Cumberlands. "We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Forchts and how their kindness will enable our students to be workforce-ready upon graduation."

The new Terry and Marion Forcht School of Nursing will include a state-of-the-art simulation lab providing students with hands-on medical training and learning. In addition, the simulation lab will allow the School of Nursing to host continuing education programs for local healthcare professionals.

Terry Forcht is the chairman and founder of Forcht Group of Kentucky, an organization comprised of 74 companies which employs more than 2,200 people. In 1964, Forcht came to the Williamsburg area to serve as chairman of the Commerce Department at Cumberlands. Marion Forcht is an honorary trustee at the University.

"We're proud of our long association with University of the Cumberlands, and we look forward to seeing the first students graduate from this state-of-the-art School of Nursing," said Terry Forcht.

The Forchts have been involved in healthcare for years. In 1972, Terry Forcht built Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation Center. He now owns nine nursing homes and health and rehabilitation centers in southeastern Kentucky, in addition to Forcht Pharmacy. In 2009, Cumberlands named the medical wing of its Correll Science Complex after the Forchts in appreciation of their support for the University and the region as a whole.

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