Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings College, Bryan College of Health Sciences begin feasibility study for nursing program

Mary Lanning Healthcare (MLH), Hastings College and Bryan College of Health Sciences are partnering to launch a feasibility study to determine whether a new Bryan College of Health Sciences nursing program can be established at MLH by fall 2022.

A memorandum of understanding between Bryan College of Health Sciences and Mary Lanning Healthcare aligns with an August 13, 2020, announcement that Rich Lloyd, PhD, will serve as executive president of Hastings College while continuing to serve as president of Bryan College of Health Sciences.

Mary Lanning Healthcare will complete its feasibility study this fall, and help evaluate the proposed program being explored by both colleges.

“We have a long history of partnering with Bryan Health and we’re excited to pursue this new venture,” said Eric Barber, MLH president and chief executive officer. “A mutual goal shared by all three organizations is to plan for and develop a workforce to serve south central Nebraska.”

Bryan College of Health Sciences is known for its undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, nurse anesthesia, sonography and biomedical sciences. With low student-to-instructor ratios, and an unparalleled number of clinical hours, BCHS delivers a quality future for students as health care professionals.

Bryan Health includes Bryan Medical Center, Crete Area Medical Center, Merrick Medical Center, Bryan Heart, Bryan Physician Network, Bryan Enterprises, Bryan Health Connect and the Bryan Foundation. 

Bryan Medical Center is a 684-bed, nonprofit, Nebraska governed, healthcare organization serving patients from throughout Nebraska, as well as parts of Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and other states in the region. Bryan Medical Center has two acute care facilities. 

The 161-bed Mary Lanning Healthcare was established in 1915 by William and Alice Lanning. It is named for their daughter, Mary, who died at age 20 while at home from college. Mary Lanning Healthcare is Joint Commission-accredited and has received numerous awards over the years for high quality care. Awards include the Quest for Quality Award from the American Hospital Association, the Quest for Excellence Award from the Nebraska Hospital Association and the Gallup Great Workplace Award, recognizing high levels of employee engagement. 

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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