Martin Methodist College (MMC) was awarded a $93,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation.

The grant will fund a rural health initiative where MMC nursing faculty and nursing students will take health care to the rural, elderly members of the United Methodist churches and provide various intervention services. The objectives of this program are to develop healthier communities, improve residents’ health literacy and navigation for health care needs, develop trust, and improve health communication.

“We are so grateful to the Golden Cross Foundation for recognizing the healthcare needs in our rural communities and funding this important initiative,” said Michelle Decker, MSN, division of nursing chair. “Not only will the elderly in our region receive quality health care we will provide, but our nursing students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience outside of a clinical setting.”

The Golden Cross Foundation shares goals of providing for the funding and strategies for the expansion of older adult ministries in the Tennessee Annual Conference of the Church through a strong working relationship with the Tennessee Conference Council on Ministries and the Adult/Older Adult Committee of that organization.

“This is the largest grant the foundation has ever awarded but it is funding a wonderful program that will have a dramatic impact on the health of the elderly in underserved areas,” said Charles Hewgley, chairman of the Golden Cross Foundation. “We are hopeful this grant will serve as a keystone for other organizations to join our mission in serving older adults through this rural health initiative and ministry.”

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478

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