Community medical groups support Rogers center fundraising efforts

Aug 06, 2015 by

One of the goals of the Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center project is to meet community healthcare needs by producing highly qualified and properly trained graduates to support Tyler’s growing medical industry.

Community medical groups were quick to put their support behind the fundraising efforts, especially since the new facility will allow TJC’s nursing program to grow by 50 percent.
Agnes Ward is a member of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance and served on the TJC Nursing Development Task Force. The task force was charged with helping to raise funds in support the Roger Nursing & Health Sciences Center and the college’s nursing program. With a legacy of supporting Tyler’s medical community, it was a natural fit for the organization.

Ward approached Andi Ledlie, current SCMSA president and an alumna of TJC’s nursing program, for the group to consider a gift. SCMSA gave $10,000 to name two control rooms within the hospital simulation suite. The suite contains five laboratories that utilize the latest technology, including robotic mannequins, to simulate a hospital environment for nursing students.

“As an alumna of the TJC nursing program, I can appreciate what this center means, both to healthcare students and to our community,” Ledlie said. “The simulation experience and the ability to have on-site clinical training will provide every nursing student the invaluable education and skills needed for their healthcare career.

“TJC’s nursing and health sciences students will not only receive a great education in Tyler, they will be able to have successful careers in Tyler.”

As a result of SCMSA’s generosity, individual members also gave to the project including Ledlie and her husband, Jon, a retired neurosurgeon.

“Jon and I feel it is a privilege to be able to give back and participate in such an outstanding endeavor.”

Ledlie also brought information about the center to the Smith County Medical Society, which provides support and services to area physicians. The group contributed $10,000 to name a debrief room in the hospital simulation suite.

Dr. Kyle Smith, SCMS president, said, “The Smith County Medical Society is pleased to support the future of the nursing and allied health programs that have been vitally important to the overall success of our local health care community for so many years. It’s a wonderful opportunity to invest locally in something that has tremendous benefit for the entire community, and we were happy to have the chance to participate.”

For information about being part of the growth of the Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center, contact Mitch Andrews at 903-510-2034 or



Community, On Campus, Summer 2015

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