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JBS Swift donates $500,000 to GIPS Medical Sciences Academy

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 8:37 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools announced last Thursday they needed more than $5 Million to transform the eighth floor of CHI Health St. Francis Hospital into an advanced medical academy, and on Wednesday, JBS Swift pledged $500,000 to help their vision come to life.

“There is a great need for health care workers, and this opportunity to give people the opportunity and the vision to accomplish what they set their mind to do,” General Manager Zack Ireland of JBS Grand Island said.

The investment will fund the JBS Learning Lab and Lobby at the future academy. GIPS officials are humbled and thankful to JBS for their generous donation.

“We know the kids will need a learning lab, and we’re so glad that the donation from JBS allows a way to show the kids, when they see that JBS contributed to whatever space they’re in - they know that they have the community backing them,” GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said.

JBS has already donated $3.5 Million to Grand Island as part of their Hometown Strong Initiative. A project where the meat-packing corporation has vowed to invest in projects to help strengthen their employees' communities.

“It’s a great opportunity through our Hometown Strong Initiative to invest in our local community for a long-term infrastructure project that’s going to help the students and citizens of Grand Island,” Ireland said.

This advanced medical center will provide students hands-on experience through job training and shadowing. It will include the JBS learning lab and lobby, four more labs, breakout rooms and two classrooms.

“We’re already doing great things at the high school, and we’re just really excited to accentuate what we’re already doing,” said future Academy of Medical Sciences Principal Greg Schlegel.

Once GIPS raises the $5.95 million dollars to start construction, it will take about 12 months to complete the academy. It will be funded through businesses and private donations. People interested in investing can pledge a gift to the CHI Health St. Francis Foundation at (308) 398-5400.

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