The Kinnser Scholars Program

 
President & Founder Chris Hester created the Kinnser Software Scholars Program in 2011. Today, it is a $1 million fund covering tuition, fees, and program expenses for 400 nursing students through 2027.

Video Transcript

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

“My name is Chris Hester. I founded Kinnser Software in November of 2002 to support the home care industry. In 2002, I met a gentleman in Houston that owned three home care agencies. And I got enamored with their mission. That, from day one, motivated me to get behind these agencies and help them do their work better.”
 

Denise Geraci, RN – Founder, Health Sense Home Care:

“What Kinnser has allowed us to do is to truly go electronic. We are 100% electronic medical records and charting in the field. And that give our field staff great flexibility and freedom. And it allows your company to be able to focus more on patient care and things that make a difference in patients’ lives.”
 

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

 “We, and I personally, have had the opportunity to work with a great number of non-profits in Austin. But for Kinnser’s mission, I want the centerpiece of our philanthropy, and part of the company’s perpetual mission, to support the Kinnser Scholars Program at ACC (Austin Community College).”
 

Daniel Bustillos – Nursing Student, Austin Community College:

“Last year was a very tough year for me. And then I found out that I’d just been accepted to do my last prerequisite here at ACC. And so thought… ‘If I get into the program, how am I going to afford the program? How am I going to get through this?’ And so, I went through their website, and I found that there was this scholarship available.”
 

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

 “I think all students need help. The ability (was there) for us to take this gift and focus it on the industry that we know has a high demand. There are 10,000 new Medicare beneficiaries that come online everyday. And the only way that we’ll be successful is with post-acute healthcare and allied health professionals really stepping up and doing more than they’ve ever been asked to do in the past.”
 

Denise Geraci, RN – Founder, Health Sense Home Care:

 “Our business definitely feels the nursing shortage. When recruiting nurses, you have to be very fast-acting to make sure you get good candidates because they have so many job opportunities.”
 

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

 “Community college students, in particular, are typically juggling more than just their education.”
 

Kelly Jones – Nursing Student, Austin Community College:

“I’m currently working two jobs. I mean, of course, financially it helped me. It gave me more time. And it also took some of the pressure off of me because I didn’t have to worry about how am I going to pay for this semester… how am I going to pay for these books.”
 

Denise Geraci, RN – Founder, Health Sense Home Care:

 “One of the biggest parts of healthcare is nurses. Doctors play a big part, but there are a lot more nurses needed.”
 

Joanna Fedele, LVN – Austin Community College Nursing Graduate and LVN, Westminster Senior Living:

“It’s important. We need good nurses, and we need a lot of them!”
 

Nina Almasy – Faculty, Austin Community College:

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) and LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) is projected to grow 25% from 2012 to 2022, which is must faster than the average of all occupations.”
 

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

There are many people that will tell you… if we don’t get this problem right, how we care for the elderly over the next twenty to thirty years could become a civil rights issue in a way that we don’t think about it today. I mean… it’s a big deal, right?  We all care for our loved ones in a meaningful way, but there are a whole lot of people who are aging that don’t necessarily have the infrastructure that we do. Post-acute healthcare is going to fill that void. And if we don’t, then there’s nobody else out there to take care of these people. If we (Kinnser) can help facilitate that, then that’s a really good reason to continue to get up and come to work everyday––to fund Kinnser Scholars.”
 

Denise Geraci, RN – Founder, Health Sense Home Care:

“What we’ve noticed about the nurses who’ve come out of the ACC program, that we’ve worked with, is that their clinical skills are really strong. And we attribute that to the hands-on learning environment that ACC has.”
 

Daniel Bustillos – Nursing Student, Austin Community College:

“Probably my favorite aspect is the fact that we got to go right on––from level one we started working with patients within the second week.”
 

Jennifer Sizer – Austin Community College Graduate & Nurse, Health Sense Home Care:

“Having gone from ACC into the hospital, you realize that the ACC clinical hours are so much more.”
 

Kelly Jones – Nursing Student, Austin Community College:

“Lots of hands-on experience. It definitely makes you feel comfortable.”
 

Joanna Fedele, LVN – Austin Community College Nursing Graduate and LVN, Westminster Senior Living:

 “I’m just… I’m so thankful that they really did prepare me. I feel prepared.”
 

Chris Hester – President & Founder, Kinnser Software:

“These are people that can enter the program and in a very short time be out of the program and out adding value to the community using the skills that they’ve learned at ACC.”
 

Joanna Fedele, LVN – Austin Community College Nursing Graduate and LVN, Westminster Senior Living:

“I am very excited to have my job at Westminster Manor.”
 

Kelly Jones – Nursing Student, Austin Community College:

“Thank you for helping me achieve my dream of being a nurse in ICU. I can’t thank you enough.”