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updated: 7/31/2012 5:17 PM

Rush to be in federal nurse-training program

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Chicago's Rush University Medical Center is among five hospitals chosen to participate in a new training program for advanced practice registered nurses.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the hospitals Monday. The five will receive payments of up to $200 million over four years to work with nursing schools to train advanced practice nurses.

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Funding for the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration project is part of the Affordable Care Act. Payments to the hospitals will be tied to the number of additional nurses they train. The goal is to expand the national health workforce.

The other four hospitals are: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.; Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital in Houston.

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