New program to train and employ nurses; Informational session on March 31

Huntsville Hospital and Drake State Community and Technical College are pleased to announce the LPN Launch Program, a creative new partnership that will train Licensed Practical Nurses who will work at the hospital.

“If there is a win-win for someone looking for a career, this is it,” said Tracy Doughty, President and Chief Operating Officer of Huntsville Hospital.

“Drake State has an outstanding nursing program and Huntsville Hospital is the largest employer of nurses in North Alabama. Drake will train them and we will hire them. In fact, when they are accepted into the LPN Launch program, Huntsville Hospital will agree to hire them upon successful graduation.”

Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State, said, “The LPN Launch program is a great example of how education and healthcare can partner together to address the needs of today’s workforce. We are thrilled to be working with Huntsville Hospital in preparing nurses to serve our community.”
Students admitted into the program will receive financial assistance from Huntsville Hospital for up to $15,000 for tuition, fees, books and other expenses. In exchange for the assistance students will commit to work for three years as an LPN at Huntsville Hospital.

Deadline for application for the program is April 30. The first class of 25 students will begin in the fall semester at Huntsville Hospital’s Cochran Training Center. An informational session on the LPN Launch Program is scheduled for March 31. For more details on the program or to register for this event go to or call (256) 551-3156.