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WSU Tri-Cities celebrates opening of new Nursing building

KEPR (CBS affiliate), Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Tri-Cities Nursing building opens for classes

Tri-City Herald, Monday, January 13, 2014

More than 100 nursing students and 15 faculty began the semester Monday in the new location on Lee Boulevard, filling its classrooms for lectures and talking in the hall about their classes and training. Read more »

Construction on new nursing school in Richland underway

KNDU (NBC affiliate), Friday, April 19, 2013

Construction is underway on the new nursing education facility in Richland. Workers are gutting the property on Lee Street that’s owned by Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Read more »

Kennewick, Prosser hospitals join partnership
to support WSU Tri-Cities nursing school

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kennewick General Hospital and Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation have joined the Washington State University Tri-Cities Nursing Partnership with donations that will help create a state-of-the-art teaching facility for the WSU College of Nursing program. Read more »

WSU regents expected to approve moving
Tri-City nursing program to downtown Richland

Tri-City Herald, Friday, January 25, 2013

The Washington State University Board of Regents is expected today to approve moving the university’s Tri-City nursing program to downtown Richland.

The board met Thursday on the Richland campus for a monthly two-day meeting. After a brief presentation from interim chancellor Richard Pratt, several regents spoke in favor of the move, which involves Kadlec Regional Medical Center leasing 10,000 square feet of space on Lee Boulevard to the university for $1 per year. Read more »

WSU administrators meet in Richland

KVEW TV,Thursday, January 24, 2013

Washington State University administrators are in the Tri-Cities today and tomorrow to discuss ways to expand and improve their educational services.

Administrators are looking at leasing a 10,000 square foot building in downtown Richland to expand the college’s nursing program. Read more »

1/25/2013

Kennewick and Prosser Hospitals Join Nursing Partnership to Support WSU Tri-Cities Teaching Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. — Kennewick General Hospital and Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation have joined the Washington State University Tri-Cities Nursing Partnership with donations that will help create a state-of-the-art teaching facility for the WSU College of Nursing program.

About seven weeks ago, Washington State University Tri-Cities announced $2.9 million in contributions from regional healthcare agencies toward renovating a vacant commercial building at 1268 Lee Blvd. in Richland.

Today, Kennewick General Hospital announced a $150,000 pledge and Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation committed $20,000 toward the project.

“Kennewick General Hospital is solidly committed to delivering high-quality healthcare services in the Tri-Cities,” said Brenda Atencio, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Kennewick General Hospital. “Highly skilled and supportive nursing care is at the heart of that, and that foundation is built on an excellent nursing education.

“KGH is pleased to partner in support of WSU’s effort to improve the nursing education facilities to provide an optimal place to prepare new nurses for successful careers in healthcare,” said Atencio, who has strong connections to WSU Tri-Cities — she earned her master’s degree in nursing and nursing administration at WSU Tri-Cities and has served as an instructor.

On Nov. 30, 2012, leaders from Group Health Cooperative, Lourdes Health Network, Kadlec Health System, and Lampson International announced a regional partnership for the $4.4 million project. Kadlec offered a $1-per-year lease for 20 years, with an additional 10-year extension for the 10,000-square-foot facility. This lease, valued at $2.4 million, was approved this morning by the WSU Board of Regents.

A total of $980,000 was needed for the high-tech equipment, especially in the simulation lab. About $280,000 remains to be raised. Contributions to-date for the equipment include:

  • Kadlec Health System: $250,000
  • Lourdes Health Network: $150,000
  • Kennewick General Hospital: $150,000
  • Group Health Cooperative: $75,000
  • Lampson International: $50,000
  • Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation: $20,000

In addition, WSU President Elson S. Floyd has committed $1 million toward the construction cost after WSU Tri-Cities raises the balance of the amount needed.

Construction on the former retail space is expected to start in April and be complete in December, with nursing classes held there starting in January 2014.

Through WSU Tri-Cities, students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Nursing (MN) in Advanced Population Health, and Post-Master’s Certificates.

The nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities is quite competitive, with more than 120 students applying for no more than 48 openings each year, said Patricia Butterfield, Dean of the WSU College of Nursing.

“From a high-fidelity simulation lab and larger practice lab, to improved classrooms and staff offices, the new building will be a catalyst for best preparing nurses across the region,” Butterfield said. “I am in awe at how you have all come together for the greater cause to help bring talented, educated, and dedicated nurses into your community.”

The future location of the nursing program — in a large building formerly occupied by a Rite Aid store — puts WSU instructors and students closer to Columbia Basin College’s two-year nursing program with the intent of creating more synergy between the programs.

11/30/2012

Health Care Advocates Unite to Support Nursing Education at
WSU Tri-Cities With Nearly $3 Million for New Teaching Facility

RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington State University Tri-Cities announced $2.9 million in contributions from regional healthcare donors toward renovating a commercial building in Richland into a state-of-the-art teaching facility for its College of Nursing program.

Leaders from Group Health Cooperative, Kadlec Health System, Lourdes Health Network, Lampson International, and WSU gathered Friday (Nov. 30, 2012) to announce the regional partnership. Together, they have provided $2.9 million in donations and in-kind support, including Kadlec’s offer of a $1-per-year lease for 20 years, with an additional 10-year extension.

“Due to campus growth, WSU Tri-Cities began exploring options about two years ago to relocate its nursing program to off-site facilities. In addition to more space, we hoped to be closer to Columbia Basin College’s two-year nursing program so we could create more synergy between our programs,” said James R. Pratt, interim Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities.

“Kadlec immediately stepped forward with the offer of 10,000 square feet of space in downtown Richland, plus $250,000 toward specialized equipment in the new facility,” Pratt said. “Group Health Cooperative jumped in with $75,000 and Lourdes Health Network immediately followed with $150,000.”

In addition, WSU President Elson S. Floyd has committed $1 million toward the construction cost after WSU Tri-Cities raises the balance of the amount needed.

Bill Lampson of Lampson International in Kennewick, who serves as Campaign Co-Chair for WSU Tri-Cities, also pledged $50,000 toward this partnership for nursing, calling it an “especially creative collaboration.”

“There’s no doubt that nurses are key to the quality of our healthcare that we have in the Tri-Cities. It’s always been an important giving priority for my family — particularly for my mom, Billie Jean, during her years as a volunteer with KGH and with many other causes,” Lampson added. “Lampson International’s commitment to this project continues that legacy.

“We only need $435,000 to complete this project, primarily for simulation lab equipment,” Lampson said. “Today we are challenging the community to join with us to ensure that this facility has all the equipment needed by the time it opens for nursing students a year from now.”

Construction on the former retail space on Lee Boulevard is expected to start in April 2013, with nursing classes held there starting in January 2014.

Scott Armstrong, president and CEO of Group Health, said the statewide Cooperative is pleased to partner with local hospitals and WSU in making this important education project a reality.

“Group Health has nearly 60,000 members in Central and Southeastern Washington,” Armstrong said. “We know that the quality of care they receive from our contracted health care network is in many ways dependent on the quality of the nurses working in those clinics and hospitals. We believe it’s important for nurses to be able to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

“My first job in the profession was at a 10-bed infirmary at Hamilton College in upstate New York,” Armstrong recalled. “Part of how I earned my undergraduate scholarship was by spending evenings serving meals and checking on patients. It was usually just me and a nurse or two on duty. Seeing the incredible impact the nurses had on the patients was deeply inspiring and it made a huge impression.”

John Serle, President and CEO of Lourdes Health Network in Pasco, echoed Armstrong’s respect for the nursing profession.

“At some point in all of our lives, we access the healthcare system,” Serle said. “Hospitals and the nurses who provide care within those hospitals, are integral to a community’s overall health. Lourdes is pleased to donate $150,000 to the College of Nursing program at Washington State University Tri-Cities to improve and advance the equipment used to train our local nurses, and to provide cutting edge simulation and practice labs that replicate real-world hospitals to produce competent, professional nurses to serve our community.”

Through WSU Tri-Cities, students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Nursing (MN) in Advanced Population Health, the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.).

Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland has provided steady and generous support while details of the Tri-Cities Nursing Partnership were developed.

“For several years now, we have seen many WSU-trained nurses join our team at Kadlec,” said Lane Savitch, president of Kadlec Regional Medical Center. “This project ensures that these high-demand nurses have the state-of-the-art training facilities needed to fully provide quality healthcare for the Tri-Cities and the surrounding region. We look forward to many more success stories coming from this wonderful partnership.”

The nursing program at WSU Tri-Cities is quite competitive, with more than 120 students applying for no more than 48 openings each year, said Patricia Butterfield, Dean of the WSU College of Nursing.

“From a high-fidelity simulation lab and larger practice lab, to improved classrooms and staff offices, the new building will be a catalyst for best preparing nurses across the region,” Butterfield said. “I am in awe at how you have all come together for the greater cause to help bring talented, educated, and dedicated nurses into your community.

“Educating a nurse is a community effort and we are so grateful for your support,” Butterfield said. “Together, we are reinventing health care.”