In the past 50 years, more than 19,000 nurses have earned their degrees from Miami Dade College, making MDC the largest local provider of nursing education.
Still, a severe nursing shortage persists in South Florida and around the nation. Thanks to a $5 million donation to MDC’s nursing school announced Tuesday, MDC administrators are confident they’ll be part of the solution for the next half-century as well.
The source of the donation: Leon Medical Centers, a Miami-based chain of health clinics that caters to seniors. Company founder Benjamin Leon Jr. said he’s employed plenty of MDC-educated nurses over the years, and he’s come away impressed.
“We know firsthand that they produce top-notch nurses,” Leon said, adding that the company has a philosophical commitment to “medical excellence.”