Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph's College of Maine renew online educational partnership to benefit employees

Saint Joseph's College of Maine has renewed its partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to provide bachelor's and master's degree programs for hospital employees through online education.

"Sarasota Memorial has a strong commitment to employee education," says Suzanne Murphy, continuing education and training coordinator at Saint Joseph's. The partnership offers a discount on course fees and a waiver on application fees. The hospital reimburses employees a portion of tuition costs or, in the case of the M.S. in Nursing program, the full tuition.

Julie Polaszek of Venice, a Sarasota Memorial nurse who is enrolled in the M.S. in Nursing (MSN) program with Saint Joseph's, is a member of the Education Committee at the hospital. She says she has been pleased with the flexibility of the program, given her busy home life and full-time job. "My advisor has also been very helpful and is easily contacted. It's been really great," she says.

The MSN degree prepares nurses for leadership roles in education or administration, and offers one-on-one faculty guidance and supportive academic advisors. Saint Joseph's has offered the MSN degree since 1997, and has graduated 100 nurses from the program.

Saint Joseph's, a four-year liberal arts college in southern Maine founded in 1912, has a strong tradition of nursing education and has offered accredited distance education to adult learners since 1976. The Graduate & Professional Studies curriculum offers not only the MSN and RN-to-BSN degrees, but also a B.S. in Radiologic Science to allow radiologic science professionals to complete a bachelor's degree, a B.S. in both Long-term Care Administration and Health Administration, a Master in Health Administration, an M.B.A. focused on leadership, an M.S. in Education with a health care educator concentration, and other programs in theology, business and general studies.

April 4, 2007 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail