SCF Health Care Collaborations Video Now Available

Partnership with LECOM, Ascom, to Enhance Patient Safety

(Bradenton, Fla., November 20, 2012) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota's (SCF) in partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and GE Healthcare Nurse Call, now Ascom, has produced a video featuring health care training that prepares future doctors and nurses to improve patient safety through collaboration. The video is available at and

"We're developing a model for health care delivery that will truly transform care at the bedside. Our model involves building a partnership with our local medical college, LECOM, to train future health care practitioners using the cutting edge technology of the nurse call communication system," said Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, retired SCF dean of nursing. (Dr. Beverly Hindenlang is the current dean of nursing at SCF.)

Enhanced by the new nurse call system, the simulation center provides a real-world experience within a controlled environment that supports the job shadowing part of medical students training.

"This is an excellent an opportunity for our medical students to work with other professionals in a simulated center with a simulated patient. They gain valuable experience interacting with other professionals to establish a line of communication and build trust. The emergency room setting tests their ability to think on their feet and handle critical situations," said Dr. Larry Bunnell, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and LECOM clinical professor of family practice.

As students learn in the simulated scenarios, remaining calm and responding appropriately during conflict is important not only for patients but also for patients' family members.

"Patients we see in the hospital are scared, and we need our students to convey that therapeutic care by a simple touch and explanation," said Cathy King, doctor of nurse practice and Bachelor of Sciencein Nursing (B.S.N.) faculty member.

"In the simulated hospital setting, nursing students and medical students practice scenarios, learn a common language, learn how to respect each other's knowledge and how to work as a team so that when they work in the hospitals, they really can be what we consider to be experts. They are confident in their abilities, they are competent in their caring and that's what we are really trying to accomplish for the care of our patients in our community," said Hesselberg.

As the newest feature of SCF's Medical Technology and Simulation Center, the nurse call communication system is the latest sophisticated technology used by interdisciplinary teams of student doctors and nurses to manage clinical workflow and improve patient care and satisfaction.

"Making this technology available to allow student nurses and medical students to work with technology helps them to see how it truly protects the patient and enhances their ability to focus on providing quality care to save lives at the bedside," Hesselberg said.

"It's very important for doctors and nurses of tomorrow to work with the technology that is being deployed in the hospitals," said Dr. Sai Kolluri, Ascom global product manager.

The video, featuring faculty, staff, students, employees and volunteers from SCF and LECOM, was produced by SCF public affairs and marketing with videography, directing and editing services by Sarasota-based Mars Vision Productions Inc.

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