Montgomery County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Red Oak recently donated a Stryker hospital bed and smart mattress to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) nurse assisting Career Academy.

The gift was orchestrated with the assistance of Jeanne Franson, instructor for the Red Oak section of the college’s HSC 172 nurse aide course. In addition to teaching for SWCC, Franson is employed at MCMH as a registered nurse.

Rachel Ramaeker, SWCC coordinator of secondary programs, said the hospital’s gift will be an immense asset in the classroom.

“MCMH’s donation updates the nurse aide skills lab, supporting student learning by allowing them to work on equipment similar to what they would find in health care facilities,” stated Ramaeker. “Improvements to our skills lab better prepares students for their clinical experiences as they work toward completion of their 75-Hour CNA certificate.”

Ramaeker is very thankful for the continued relationship between MCMH and the college and said it benefits students, as well as both organizations.

“MCMH has continually served as a partner in providing clinical and career immersion experiences to students and now this generous gift improves our education facilities,” continued Ramaeker.

Southwestern's nurse assisting Career Academy program allows high school students to explore health careers and earn dual credit (receiving high school and college credit at the same time) in a health-related field. According to Ramaeker, HSC 172 is the capstone course of the Career Academy.

In addition to nurse assisting, SWCC offers Career Academy programs to high school students in the areas of auto collision repair/refinish, automotive repair technology, carpentry and building trades, electrical technology, information technology systems networking, and welding.

PHOTO ABOVE: SWCC Secondary Programs Coordinator Rachel Ramaeker (left) and Red Oak Center Coordinator John Hewett (right) pose with the donated bed and smart mattress from MCMH.

PHOTO BELOW: Students in the SWCC nurse assisting Career Academy program pose with Jeanne Franson (second from left), instructor, to thank MCMH.

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