Posted: March 21, 1997

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Mary Rothchild of St. Paul has been named project director for the Minnesota Colleagues in Caring Collaborative, a statewide effort to help the nursing profession respond to the increasingly demanding and complex health care system.

The project is focused on building partnerships among health care providers, nursing schools and policy and consumer groups. The goal is to prepare the nursing workforce needed to provide quality health care for all Minnesotans in a changing health care environment.

The project seeks to establish curriculum agreements among nursing schools around the state, a system of assessing and understanding trends that affect nursing care needs, and a system of sharing resources to support and expand additional health care workforce development efforts.

The project is supported by a three-year, $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by financial and in-kind contributions from major hospitals, health care providers and organizations, postsecondary institutions and other partners.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) -- the state's system of state universities, community colleges, technical colleges and comprehensive community and technical colleges -- is fiscal agent for the project.

Rothchild, is a former vice president at First Bank National Association, Minneapolis. She currently serves as president of the Summit Hill Living at Home/Block Nursing Program; vice president of the District 16 Planning Council, St. Paul; and secretary of Resources for Child Caring, a St. Paul not-for-profit agency.

"Mary brings a wealth of project management experience, excellent organizational skills and lot of energy and intelligence to this position," said Cyndy Crist, MnSCU system director for collaboration.