Grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery to Crownpoint Institute of Technology Supports Nursing Assistant Program

American Indian College Fund
Tuesday, 1 April 2003

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, today made a grant of $15,000 to the Crownpoint Institute of Technology (CIT) in Crownpoint, N.M., to support the institution's nursing assistant program for the 2003-2004 academic year.

The award will go toward scholarships to increase the number of nursing assistant graduates who are filling badly needed healthcare positions in and around the Navajo Reservation.

"We are honored by Johnson & Johnson's commitment to supporting our nursing assistant program that will benefit so many people in the surrounding communities," said James Tutt, president of CIT. "This contribution is an investment not only in Crownpoint, but also in the people of northwestern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona."

"The world population is living longer and will be needing more care, and the healthcare field is one of the best places to get a job," said Conrad Person, director of corporate contributions for Johnson & Johnson. "With over 100,000 vacant positions and a growing need, the career outlook is excellent for the nursing field."

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. develops and markets a broad portfolio of advanced surgical instruments for less invasive and traditional surgery, as well as a line of safety catheters for vascular access. Its mission is to help physicians around the world transform patient care through innovation. The company's focus is on designing innovative, procedure-enabling devices for interventional diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions in the areas of general and thoracic surgery, breast care, oncology, urology and gynecology.

Johnson & Johnson, with approximately 108,000 employees and $36 billion in sales, is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products serving the consumer, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and professional markets. Johnson & Johnson has approximately 200 operating companies in 54 countries around the world, selling products in more than 175 countries.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent more than a decade helping increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based nonprofit distributes scholarships and support to 34 tribal colleges in 12 states. This aid directly supports more than 6,000 scholarships each year. The Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training.

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