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WHEELING – WVU Drugs is now “companions in training” with Ohio County Faculties – a transfer that ought to imply extra instructional and profession alternatives for college students in well being care, in line with college district officers.
Douglas Harrison, CEO of each WVU Drugs’s Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial areas, was current for the announcement – which came about throughout Monday evening’s Ohio County Board of Training assembly at Triadelphia Center College.
Ohio County Faculties Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones mentioned the settlement had been within the works “for no less than a few months.” He mentioned he had met with each the hospital administration and docs, and referred to as them “fabulous folks.”
“They actually wished to associate with us as a lot as we wished to associate with them,” Jones continued.
“We used to have a very good Saturday morning remedy session for (student-athletes) all year long, and we will convey that again so we can assist them get extra streamlined and quick remedy. We’ll have the precise connection to get these youngsters seen.”
He mentioned the varsity district additionally hopes to work with WVU Hospitals sooner or later to convey an elevated presence of athletic trainers to their sporting occasions.
“We can have a extra direct circulation for our pediatric screenings, our audiology screenings and our psychological well being screenings on the hospital right here,” Jones added.
The varsity district’s state champion robotics groups have been honored at Monday evening’s board assembly, and Jones instructed they may be fascinated by observing how robotics is utilized in surgical remedy on the hospital.
“They may see that that is one thing they may very well be doing sooner or later,” Jones mentioned.
Wheeling Park Excessive College Principal Meredith Dailer mentioned the partnership could be particularly useful to college students in upper-level science lessons with a deal with health-related studying.
“It is an excellent alternative for docs to come back into the classroom, and even for our college students to go to the hospitals,” he mentioned. “They could be capable of go to a cadaver lab, or possibly do some dissection.”
An employment pipeline from the highschool to WVU Drugs services additionally may be established, Dailer continued. College students may very well be uncovered to the number of careers there are in hospitals – from upkeep to administration.
“There’s this big gamut inside their area that our college students would get to know and see themselves – no matter the place they’re shifting post-graduation,” she mentioned. “It may very well be very useful.”
Harrison mentioned his employees had indicated an curiosity in working with native youths.
“My workforce will let you know on a day-to-day foundation I deal with three issues, however initially high quality,” he defined. “Every little thing we do inside our partitions and in our clinics is targeted on high quality.”
Quantity two is neighborhood, with an eye fixed on the underside line being third, Harrison continued.
“I do know after I took over 4 years in the past, Wheeling Hospital had a black eye,” he mentioned. “Rebuilding the neighborhood belief has been ongoing.
“That is an instance of a partnership which means rather a lot to us. I imagine if we do this, the monetary side will observe,” he mentioned. “We’re making nice strides on the monetary facets of our organizations.”
He mentioned he was impressed by the robotics workforce members on the assembly, and he can see them working in a hospital sooner or later.
“Who is aware of, possibly they will invent the following well being care robotic to streamline affected person care,” Harrison mentioned. “Actually, giving them a possibility to be a part of the workforce that helps these (surgical) robots will give them a possibility to come back over and study what we do in a healthcare setting within the robotics area.”