USI grant to create nursing partnerships in Gibson, Dubois counties

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The University of Southern Indiana has received a grant of more than $2 million to increase registered nurses in rural communities.

The USI College of Nursing and Health Professions is creating four academic practice partnerships with two rural hospitals and two county health departments in Dubois and Gibson counties.

The grant will allow clinical opportunities for USI undergraduate students.

“In our nursing curriculum, we plan to focus on population health, primary care in medically underserved communities and interprofessional education and practice to prepare our students for these clinical experiences,” said Dr. Ann White, dean of the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper will be partnering with USI for all four years of the grant project.

In July 2019, Memorial Hospital will open a new facility that will include a family medicine residency program in affiliation with the IU School of Medicine.

“The opportunity to educate registered nurses in an outpatient primary care setting integrates well with our initiative to train the next generation of Family Physicians at our family medicine residency program,” said Dr. Stan Tretter, vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. “Working side by side, this interprofessional collaboration of nurses and physicians is the future of high-quality health care for the patients of our community.”

Starting in year two of the grant, additional rural sites will be integrated in partnership with Gibson General Hospital in Princeton.

USI is also collaborating with the Dubois County Health Department, the Gibson County Health Department, and the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

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(This story was originally published July 10, 2018)

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