West Coast University recently partnered with St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino to provide simulation equipment to be used for training their nursing staff. As a benefit to its employees, the medical center offers in-house training which helps to keep costs down for nurses’ continuing education requirements.
“As a true education partner, we wanted to impact the nursing staff, so we asked them what they needed,” said Renee Schweitzer, Director of University Relations/Nursing Faculty. “We want to use our resources to support and raise the level of nursing education, not only at the university but with community partners.”
St. Bernardine Medical Center is a 463-bed, nonprofit hospital that has served the Inland Empire for over 80 years. Known for excellence in delivering high quality care, St. Bernardine’s Inland Empire Heart & Vascular Institute recently received top honors when it was named the #1 ranked major cardiac surgery program in California, and #14 in the nation for 2012. Coronary bypass surgery at St. Bernardine was ranked #2 statewide, and 21st nationally.
The Foundation of St. Bernardine connected with West Coast University in 2010 at the grand opening of the Ontario WCU campus, and the relationship has since become symbiotic.
Today, St. Bernardine is a valued clinical partner, providing West Coast University nursing students premier clinical opportunities. Likewise, the University supplies the Medical Center with nursing students to assist at health and immunization fairs.
“We are truly grateful for the partnership we have built with West Coast University to educate our future nursing leaders,” stated Michelle Rainer, Vice President and Executive Director of St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation. “Through the tremendous generosity of the University, the addition of the simulation equipment will further enable us to provide better quality care for those we serve in our communities,” Rainer concluded.
About West Coast University
West Coast University is one of Southern California’s leading health care educators, offering programs in nursing, health care management and dental hygiene at campuses in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ontario, and nursing programs at its new campus in Dallas, Texas. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded programmatic accreditation to WCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in October 2009 and its Master of Science in Nursing program in May 2012. WCU’s Dental Hygiene program at the Orange County Campus is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association to offer the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) in the County. It is one of only four BSDH programs in California. West Coast University is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC – www.wascsenior.org) and by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS – www.acics.org.) For more information on the Global Studies Program, see Dr. Barry Ryan’s Introductory Video on YouTube, or visit West Coast University. For regular updates on WCU news visit the Dr. Barry Ryan Blog.
About St. Bernardine Medical Center
Serving the health care needs of the people of the Inland Empire since 1931, St. Bernardine is a highly-regarded 463-bed, nonprofit, tertiary acute care hospital located in San Bernardino, California. The hospital offers a full continuum of services, from family care to heart surgery, treating an average of 70,500 individuals in the Emergency Department, delivering 2,100 babies and admitting more than 17,000 patients for treatment each year. St. Bernardine Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health. Visit www.StBernardineMedicalCenter.org for additional information.
(WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, www.wascsenior.org
(ACICS) 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4223, 202-336-6780, www.acics.org
(CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.asp
(CODA) The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at: 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx