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Reading Area Community College receives $1 million from Neag Foundation

The nursing center at Reading Area Community College’s new Weitz Healthcare Pavilion has a new name, thanks to a generous donation.

The Neag Foundation has provided the college with a $1 million gift. As a result, the facility will be named the Carole Neag Nursing Center.

“Carole was passionate about the nursing field, having worked as both a maternity and emergency room nurse for 30 years,” Neag Foundation Board Chair Sally Renzulli said in a statement announcing the donation. “The Neag Foundation is thrilled that the Carole Neag Nursing Center will be the home of RACC nursing students who are following in her footsteps and providing compassionate health care services to a community that she loved.”

The donation from the Neag Foundation will be used to equip the nursing center with state-of-the-art equipment, including mannequins that simulate nursing situations, intensive care simulations and a maternity suite mannequin that replicates human birth.

Anthony DeMarco, executive director of the Foundation for RACC, said the naming of the nursing center allows the college to properly recognize one of the most important benefactors in its history while meeting an important need in the community.

“Carole recognized that the vast majority of RACC nursing students stay here in Berks County upon graduation,” he said. “She understood that our RACC students will be the health care providers caring for patients in our region for generations to come.”

Dr. Susan Looney, RACC president, said Carole Neag had a deep love for RACC’s nursing students.

“On her last visit to campus Carole joined a group of nursing students studying for their state licensing tests,” Looney said. “She joined the students in answering questions that would be on the test. Remarkably, Carole knew each answer. There was a powerful moment of intergenerational connectivity between Carole and the students that speaks to the special vocation of nursing.”

The Neag Foundation supports education, health care and the arts in Berks County through the ongoing philanthropy of the late Carole and Ray Neag. Among their many educational and charitable donations are the Carole Neag Nursing Scholarship Program at RACC, the Neag Planetarium at the Reading Museum and the Ray and Carole Neag Medical Center at the Caron Treatment Center.

Source: Berkshire mont

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