Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chillicothe Campus, Adena Health System celebrate partnership to benefit students and the region

Ohio University-Chillicothe and Adena Health System celebrated a partnership to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program during a recent reception in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the Adena Health System campus.

The collaboration combines the resources of two organizations with common goals and a shared vision of improving the quality of life for area residents.

“In many ways, the two institutions are very similar,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “For one thing, both organizations provide services that are both intangible and invaluable. So, whether providing high-quality health care or a meaningful educational experience, Adena Health System and the Chillicothe Campus are committed to making a positive mark on this region.”

The partnership offers students the best of both worlds in terms of blending the campus’ academic resources and Adena’s capabilities, including the world-class facilities of the PACCAR Center.

“In this way, area students get the best of both worlds, in terms of theory and application. As a result, we are confident that graduates of this collaborative effort will earn a nursing education that is second to none,” Tuck said.

“In many ways, this facility is a testament to Adena’s mission of promoting education and supporting the region,” Adena Graduate Medical Education Program Executive Director Dr. David Towle said. “We are merging the concepts of modern medical training and making history every day.”

Adena Health System President and CEO Mark Shuter said, “We are thankful for the community commitment we have received as we grow health care, grow jobs and grow education through this partnership with OU-C. We look forward to what the future holds. Together we are making tremendous progress as a community.”

Monday’s event made formal what has been an ongoing partnership between the two community-focused organizations.

For example, the recent graduates of OU-C’s BASE nursing program, an accelerated curriculum for individuals looking to make a career switch, took many of the classes in the PACCAR Center. Further, some of the program’s graduates accepted positons with Adena. Also, Adena Health System nurses serve as clinical instructors for the OU-C nursing program, and Adena provides internship sites for a number of the campus’ academic programs.

“On the Chillicothe Campus, we like to say that our mission can be summed up with the phrase, ‘Serving our students and serving our region.’ This enterprise certainly captures that spirit by preparing students for emerging career fields and ensuring that area residents have access to quality health care,” Tuck said.

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