Grossmont Healthcare District helping college students learn using the latest medical equipment

(from left to right) GHD board members Virginia Hall and Michael Emerson; Amanda Robbins, program coordinator, Orthopedic Technology, Grossmont College; GHD board member Randy Lenac; Dr. Domenica Oliveri, interim senior dean, Allied Health and Nursing, Grossmont College: Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Grossmont College president; Peggy Wells, program coordinator, Respiratory Therapy, Grossmont College; Liz Barrow, program coordinator, Cardiovascular Technology, Grossmont College, GHD board member Robert “Bob” Ayres.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $86,672 grant to Grossmont College’s Allied Health Division. The grant will be applied towards the purchase of three pieces of equipment that will assist in the training of cardiovascular, orthopedic and respiratory technology students.

According to Domenica Oliveri, interim dean, Allied Health Division, the grant will help purchase a SurgiStat electrosurgical generator made by Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) that will help cardiovascular students learn about electrocautery procedures used during a variety of interventional cardiac diagnostic procedures. She said the college currently does not have this equipment.

In addition, Oliveri said GHD funds will help orthopedic students practice casting and splinting using a new cast cutter and cast dust vacuum manufactured by Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) of Kalamazoo, Mich. She said the college’s current cast cutter and dust vacuum is outdated and frequently broken.

Also, respiratory therapy students will experience how to care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory diseases with a new Carescape ventilator and oxygenation system from General Electric (GE) Healthcare, Oliveri said. The college’s current ventilations are rented or borrowed and do not give students the necessary skills needed to care for patients, she said.

“We are grateful for the Grossmont Healthcare District because this new equipment will help refine rigorous and interactive laboratory experiences for our students,” said Oliveri. “Students using this equipment will be introduced to simulated workplace experiences enabling them to refine their critical thinking and analytical skills.”

“We are proud to contribute to the education of these healthcare students so they can apply their knowledge in their careers as they provide safe and competent bedside care,” said Michael Emerson, board president, Grossmont Healthcare District. “Students who practice in a laboratory setting with up-to-date equipment in a simulated environment will be better prepared to keep pace with the future’s dynamic healthcare system.”

Grossmont College offers accredited programs in cardiovascular technology, orthopedic technology and respiratory therapy. To learn more about Grossmont College’s health tech programs, visit the Allied Health Division website.