UNMC to Honor Mike Flood
OMAHA - The University of Nebraska Medical Center will honor former Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood at its commencement ceremonies Saturday. Flood is being honored with the J.G. Elliott Award for his leadership and vision in the planning and campaign to establish a UNMC College of Nursing Division in Norfolk. Then Senator Flood turned to UNMC and the University of Nebraska in 2006 to address the growing demand for acute care in Northeast Nebraska, which had fewer registered nurses and nurses with bachelor’s and master’s degrees than any other region in the state. He worked tirelessly on the project, both within the legislature and as a community leader. A public-private coalition came together raising more than $11.9 million to make the UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division a reality. The J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing, located on the campus of Northeast Community College welcomed its first students in 2010 and has continued to grow ever since. The J.G. Elliott Award is given annually in memory of Jack Elliott, a former Scottsbluff resident, who served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for 20 years until his death in 1974.