Open house and ribbon cutting celebrates new opportunities for student nurses

(11-17-2010)

As the large red ribbon was ceremoniously cut for the grand opening of the San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence, San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Russ Johnson said, "This is another milestone for the San Luis Valley."

Adams State College President Dave Svaldi added, "This project has come to fruition through the hard work of Bill Mansheim, the ASC Nursing Department, the TSJC Nursing Department and with help and support from SLVRMC and Valley Wide Health Systems."

  TSJC nursing student Christian McDowell; Louise Sowards, TSJC; Dennis Bertin, VWHS; Dr. Dave Svaldi, ASC president; Russ Johnson,  SLVRMC CEO; and Adams State nursing student Casey Amos, officially commemorate the opening of the San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence on November 13, in the Adams State Luther Bean Museum.

TSJC nursing student Christian McDowell; Louise Sowards, TSJC; Dennis Bertin, VWHS; Dr. Dave Svaldi, ASC president; Russ Johnson, SLVRMC CEO; and Adams State nursing student Casey Amos, officially commemorate the opening of the San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence on November 13, in the Adams State Luther Bean Museum.

The Center, located on the second floor of the Adams State Richardson Hall, is a collaborative effort by Adams State, SLVRMC, Trinidad State Junior College, and Valley Wide Health Systems. Louise Sowards, TSJC nursing program director, said the lab is a wonderful opportunity for students and appreciates the hard work and dedication shown by Angela Medina, TSJC; and Allison Bennett, Adams State; for "becoming experts" on simulation technology.

The lab equipment includes computer programmed mannequins which simulate a full range of disease processes, medical-surgical events, mental health issues, and obstetric and pediatric situations. At the grand opening, SLVRMC staff, Adams State and TSJC faculty and students conducted tours of the facility and demonstrated many of the lab's special features. Adams State nursing students Erin Joelze and Trish Curran helped with the tours. Joelze said the new lab is a "great advantage" for the program. Curran agreed, "It is a really unbelievable resource." Curran encourages volunteers from the community. "There are three ways to volunteer, as standardize patients, help with the simulation technology, and creating moulage."

At the open house, the GFWC Women's Citizenship Club of Alamosa provided the refreshments. The GFWC Women's Citizenship Club of Alamosa supports the Adams State and TSJC Nursing Programs with two separate nursing scholarships.

The San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence is grateful for the following donors, Caring for Colorado, Magnolia Society, GFWC Women's Citizenship Club, Health Resources and Services Administration, El Pomar Foundation, Janet Mangum, Michael Hudson, Monte Vista Machine Tool, and Wall Smith Bateman and Associates.

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