HMSA and Wilcox Medical Center donate $75,000

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January 6, 2017

HMSA and Wilcox Medical Center donate $75,000 toward a simulation manikin for Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program

Kaua‘i Community College (KCC) Nursing Program students will have a new 3G simulation manikin this year due to donations from HMSA ($45,000) and Wilcox Medical Center ($30,000). Two other foundations and the KCC Nursing Department also contributed funds. The program’s previous manikin was at the end of its 10 year life and its manufacturer would no longer service it.

"It’s so important for our students to get experience caring for patients, where they can make mistakes and learn from them, before they treat actual patients. This technology will have a ripple effect throughout our community as our graduates go out to area clinics and hospitals,” said Helen A. Cox, KCC chancellor.

“A huge mahalo to our community partners for helping to educate our next generation of nurses − HMSA; Wilcox Medical Center; the Nicholas H. & Margaret H. Carlozzi Charitable Foundation, Inc.; and the D.J. Hirschmann Family Foundation."

Teaching future health care providers demands a wide range of high-quality training tools. The new manikin will help nursing students on Kaua‘i begin their education by offering practical training in realistic situations. After each training scenario, students and their instructors talk about what went well, what didn't go well, and what they’d do differently.  Students learn from these experiences, which helps them to better anticipate and intervene in real clinical situations.

“We’re always looking for ways to support our local residents,” said Michael A. Gold, HMSA’s president and chief executive officer.

“We’re fortunate that the students from the KCC nursing program will support the health care needs of Kaua‘i's community members and we’re honored to be given another opportunity to invest in the health and well-being of Kaua‘i.”

“We are proud to support this initiative and the advanced education and training it will provide for Kaua‘i Community College’s nursing students,” said Jen H. Chahanovich, president and chief executive officer of Wilcox Medical Center.

“Wilcox has had a longstanding partnership with KCC and many of our nurses are KCC graduates. Ultimately, our investment in their education as nursing students will benefit our entire community as they graduate and go on to work in our health care facilities with the skills and abilities needed to provide the best care possible for our patients.”

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