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Methodist Home reaches agreement with FNU

FRONTIER NURSING UNIVERSITY Chief Operations Officer Shelley Aldridge, left, FNU Dean of Nursing Julie Marfell, the Rev. Randy Coy, KyUMH president and CEO, FNU President Susan Stone and FNU VP Finance Michael Steinmetz sign an agreement on the purchase of the KyUMH Versailles campus. (Photo submitted)

The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) has reached an agreement with Frontier Nursing University (FNU) in which the Versailles campus of KyUMH will move to Nicholasville fall 2017 and reside at 1115 Ashgrove Road, and FNU will move into the current KyUMH Versailles campus. "We couldn't be happier about the contract between KyUMH and FNU, said the Rev. Randy Coy, president and CEO of KyUMH. "The property will stay intact and the entire community will benefit from their excellent educational services." "The nature of how we help kids has changed dramatically and the campus simply doesn't meet our current program needs," said Coy. The Jessamine County site will open doors for expanded program services and solid educational opportunities, Coy said. "Besides the new location being serene, it will be well-suited for our equine therapy program and give us access to an excellent alternative public education system which is where our youth thrive," he said. FNU seeks to expand the school's Kentucky-based facilities in response to growth in student enrollment and programming. The university has a long-standing mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. The discussion to relocate began with the KyUMH Board of Trustees determining a need to replace aging facilities and downsizing from 216 acres to a more manageable 36 acres. FNU students travel to Kentucky from across the U.S. to attend orientations and education sessions in preparation for online coursework and clinical experience. The growth in enrollment over the last decade from 200 to more than 1,600 students has prompted this new development. FNU currently admits approximately 800 new students each year and in 2015 graduated 565 nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. FNU's current operations include the historic campus in Hyden, , the Wendover Bed & Breakfast Inn, a retreat center and national historic landmark, and two administrative office locations in Lexington. The first administrative office opened in Lexington in 1996 and currently employs 44 faculty and staff. "We are expanding our Central Kentucky operations by moving our administrative office to Versailles where we will develop additional capacity to serve students. We could not have asked for a better location for continuing our mission than the rural site of the KyUMH, a not-for-profit, mission-based organization like ours. Frontier Nursing University will leverage this property in new ways, but with the same focus on improving health and wellness for families in Kentucky and beyond," said FNU President Dr. Susan Stone. The Versailles campus of KyUMH has been part of the community for more than 70 years and considered this fact during the decision-making process. "Woodford County has been our home since the 1930s, so in seeking a buyer, we kept the good of the community in mind," said Melinda Ryles-Smith, KyUMH vice president of advancement. "We believe FNU will be a great neighbor and local partner." KyUMH served more than 750 children and youths in 2015. KyUMH also has a campus in Owensboro (Mary Kendall Campus), an independent living program in Lexington, as well as community programs throughout the state.

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