Messiah University Launches Partnership with UPMC to Improve Patient Outcomes Across Pennsylvania


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Discounted Nursing Degrees Provided to all UPMC Nursing Staff 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (September 21, 2021) –  Today, Messiah University, aleader in nursing education for more than 30 years, announced a partnership withUPMC that will accelerate the nursing expertise in the region and meet the continueddemands of better patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, the nursing staff atUPMC will have the opportunity to participate in Messiah University’s online nursingdegree programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral) at a discounted rate of 10percent.  In addition, the University is offering $600 toward course books. UPMC, theleading healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, employs over 18,000 nurses and owns andoperates 40 hospitals and 800 physician offices across the Commonwealth. 

“According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing there is a significantcorrelation between nursing education and patient outcomes. In addition to Covid-19,which continues to significantly affect our communities, there is an increased need forhealthcare services for aging populations, as well as renewed emphasis on preventivecare,” said Kim Fenstermacher, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Dean of Nursing; AssociateProfessor at Messiah University. “Our online nursing programs are taught by healthcareexperts and are designed for busy working professionals to further their education. Weare proud to partner with UPMC on this initiative – Together we are providing theopportunity for their nurses to further advance their careers and continue to provide thebest care possible to their patients.” 

Messiah University offers comprehensive online nursing degree programs including RNto BSN, RN to MSN, MSN and DNP. The online degree and graduate certificateprograms leverage the latest industry research, best practices and proven models fornursing and leadership that gives nurses a leg up on the competition and make animpact in their organizations. 

“It is our mission to serve our communities by providing outstanding patient carethrough innovation, research and education,” said Susan Comp, Senior Vice Presidentand System Chief Nursing Officer for UPMC. “Our partnership with Messiah Universityis yet another example of our commitment to provide educational opportunities for ouremployees and, in this instance, our nurses who tirelessly give of themselves each andevery day. We appreciate Messiah University’s long-standing commitment to the regionand the excellent education they provide to nursing professionals.” 

About Messiah University 
Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is anationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts andsciences that enrolls nearly 3,400 undergraduate, adult degree program and graduatestudents. For more information, go to

About UPMC
A $23 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. Thelargest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 92,000employees, 40 hospitals, 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and more than 4million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in westernPennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.7 billion in benefitsto its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than anyother health care institution, and paid more than $900 million in federal, state and localtaxes. For more information, go to

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