Health care providers to benefit from community partnership

MARIETTA – Marietta College, Washington State Community College and Marietta Memorial Hospital will add to its human patient simulator family after receiving a $110,000 grant from the Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia.

Jason Wilson from the Governor’s Office delivered the check to Marietta College during a joint announcement with Gloria Stewart, director of Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program Wednesday at the PA Building.

“We’ve made real progress in health care in Appalachia, thanks to programs like this one and the collaboration that we see with these programs,” Wilson says. “But we are not as far as we need to be, so that’s why this is so important.”

Wilson was joined by a number of interested parties, including Wendy Brewer of the Memorial Health Foundation, Sister Molly Bauer of the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, Misty Casto of Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, Dixie Stone from Washington State Community College, and Marietta College President Joe Bruno.

Stewart said the simulators, which will include a man, pregnant woman with birthing baby, infant and young child, will be utilized by a large number of health care providers annually – 72 physician assistant students, 500 nurses and physicians and 80 students in nursing and physical therapy programs.

“As the program director of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program it is my responsibility to provide the best medical education for our students. The PA Program has been able to increase our student’s opportunities for a quality medical education by working with our community partners since the start of the program in 2002,” she says. “Previous funding has provided the community with our first human simulator in 2006; the development of the Washington County Free Clinic; and renovation of the PA program facility.”

Stewart notes the use of human simulators increases the opportunity of students and other providers to learn the best practices of health care so they can provide the quality of care to their patients.

The remainder of the money needed to purchase the simulators, which are expected to be delivered this spring, came from the Memorial Health Foundation ($30,000), Marietta College ($30,000), Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund ($25,000) and Washington State Community College ($5,000). There is also $20,000 of in-kind donations from Marietta Memorial Hospital ($15,000) and the college ($5,000).