Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Awarded $652,800 to Partner with Bangalore Baptist Hospital

Feb. 18, 2016

Baylor Scott & White Health – Faith In Action Initiatives Donates Medical Supplies

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DALLAS, TEXAS (Feb. 18, 2016) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) awarded Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing $652,800 to partner with Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH). The grant will fund the building of a new Simulation Education and Research Centre for Nursing Excellence in Bengaluru, India.

The grant awarded will fund the construction of a four-story building with a state-of-the-art simulation center for nurses and other health professions at BBH and surrounding regions in India. This building will include housing for up to 48 nurses at BBH. United States best practices in simulation and nursing education will be incorporated into the program to build nurse capacity with a goal to increase health outcomes in India.

Shelby Garner, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Nursing, partnered with collaborators at BBH, including Dr. Naveen Thomas, CEO of BBH, and Ms. Leena Raj, principal of the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing, to author the grant, which was submitted on behalf of Baylor University to USAID, ASHA.

“All of us at Bangalore Baptist Hospital would like to say ‘Thank You’ to the faculty and students of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and to USAID for partnering with us,” said Thomas, BBH CEO. “The simulation center will go a long way in strengthening our ability to impart quality education and to train students and staff to care for patients. This facility will ultimately translate to improved patient care as we continue to work in the spirit of Jesus Christ here at the other side of the globe.”

Supporting the needs of this new center in India, Baylor Scott & White Health and its Faith In Action Initiatives (FIAI) donated medical supplies which were packed onto a 40-foot container in early February at Second Life Resource Warehouse in Dallas and shipped to India. The donation included a variety of medical equipment such as carts, stretchers, over-the-bed tables, IV poles, office furniture and more. FIAI also included supplies for BBH’s hospitals, rural clinics and urban slum clinics such as dressing supplies, syringes and other items.

“Here in Baylor Scott & White Health, we in Faith in Action Initiatives are honored and humbled to have the chance to assist our friends at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital,” said Donald E. Sewell, Ph.D., director of Faith in Action Initiatives, Baylor Scott & White Health. “We also collaborate with the School of Nursing of Baylor University in order to make a small impact at Bangalore. These efforts help us to carry out the spirit and intent of BSWH’s Christian ministry of healing.”


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The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Baccalaureate degrees were enrolled in 1950 and graduated in 1952, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, who made an endowment gift to the school. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing, LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through a Traditional program and FastBacc (one year accelerated program). LHSON also offers a new online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Innovation program, as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs to include, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). For more information visit

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