Northwest Savings Bank delivered a second of three installments of $10,000 to the Clarion University Foundation, Inc. for the Venango College of Clarion University School of Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Lab.
Northwest Savings Bank’s continued support will enhance state-of-the-art simulation mannequins and provide new equipment for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Lab. The contribution will provide upgrades to equipment that will benefit the education of nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and medical imaging professionals at Venango College.
“It is Northwest Savings Bank’s great pleasure to make this contribution to Venango College, which is a vital educational institution in our region. As a regional bank we look for opportunities to support the communities in which we are present. It is a way of investing in our current customers, future customers and the educational community in the northwest region,” said Ray Swacha, Vice President, Area Manager for Northwest Savings Bank.
Additionally, Northwest Commission announced the approval of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for the simulation lab, one of three regional projects selected.
Venango College was awarded $26,255 to enhance and complement the existing inventory of simulators in the Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Laboratory.
The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities such as economic development authorities, local governing boards such as county councils, and nonprofit organizations such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing. Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.
“We would like to thank the Northwest Commission, especially Mr. Bill Rupert and Mr. Ned Goucher, who helped us in the process of securing a grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission,” stated Dr. Chris Reber, Executive Dean of Venango College. “Through this type of support we are able to achieve excellence in the advanced medical training available to our students.”
The nursing and allied health simulation lab is located on the lower level of Montgomery Hall at Venango College. It is a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, and is the only such facility located between Edinboro and Pittsburgh. The lab includes a control room, de-briefing classroom, workrooms, and a technician’s office that house simulation laboratory equipment including high-fidelity, life-size mannequins and high-tech medical apparatuses in a simulated intensive care unit.
“We thank Northwest Savings Bank and its colleagues for their generous support of the Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Lab. With these funds, that have matched our ARC grant, we are able to secure a new pediatric simulation mannequin which will allow our students a complete simulation of aiding younger patients,” said Dr. Chris Reber.