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Riverview Regional Makes Donation to Gadsden State

Gadsden, Ala.–The Gadsden State Community College Health Sciences Division recently received a donation of six acute care beds from Riverview Regional Medical Center. The beds will allow Gadsden State nursing instructors to provide students with hands-on experience while training for clinical care.

The donation was given to the division at a perfect time as Gadsden State’s Helderman Hall is undergoing a major renovation to accommodate the growing health sciences student population. The building, which is located on the Wallace Drive Campus, is utilized by nursing and other health science students who will begin classes in the new addition this fall. The 4,400 square-feet expansion will include a large nursing laboratory, two state-of-the-art hospital simulation laboratories with an observation room, faculty offices and new storage facilities.

“We are fortunate to have such a vibrant health sciences program in our community,” said Marye Elliott, chief nursing officer at Riverview Regional Medical Center. “Our patients benefit from the well-trained healthcare professionals who graduate from Gadsden State, and Riverview is pleased to provide resources that enhance training opportunities for those students.”

Since 2007, health science programs at Gadsden State have produced more than 1,200 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, clinical laboratory technicians, emergency medical service providers, radiology technicians and surgical operating room technicians. Currently there are more than 400 students studying in these various programs.

Riverview Regional Medical Center employs more than 875 people, including more than 225 registered nurses.

Connie Meloun, assistant dean for health sciences at Gadsden State, said, “Riverview Regional Medical Center is a valued partner, and we are extremely grateful for the donation of the acute care beds and their continued support of our faculty and students.” For more information about the Health Sciences Department, contact Connie Meloun at (256) 549-8321 or cmeloun@gadsdenstate.edu.

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