CSM Atrium Dedication Recognizes Healthcare Alliance

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College Thanks Hospitals for Support of Nursing, Health Programs

In the bright spacious center of the College of Southern Maryland’s recently renovated Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD Center for Science and Technology, college and hospital administrators gathered to unveil a plaque dedicating the building’s atrium in honor of the partners of the Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance.

The Alliance has provided $350,000 to the Maryland Hospital Association’s “Who Will Care?” campaign designating $233,000 specifically go to CSM’s initiative to solve local nursing and healthcare shortages.

Partnerships are critical to the operations of the college and to the success of students, said CSM President Brad Gottfried. “Our partnerships with our local hospitals are critical to student success because this is where they apply their knowledge. Every semester our hospitals serve as the training grounds for our student nurses. This is where our students receive their hands-on training and mentoring before graduating from CSM’s nursing program.”

The college receives state funds, local funds and tuition from students, said Gottfried, but it is the contribution from partnerships that have allowed CSM’s nursing program to get to the next level. This funding will make a profound difference, he said.

 “Today we recognize the stunning leadership of our healthcare partners,” said CSM Foundation Chair Donald M. Parsons Jr. “We are grateful that our local hospitals and the Alliance see themselves as partners in our success, and investing in our efforts to educate our students so as to produce the best-trained workforce.”

“The Chesapeake Potomac Healthcare Alliance is an organization dedicated to the promotion and coordination of effective and efficient healthcare services in Southern Maryland,” said Christine Wray, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Hospital. “Our members include Calvert Memorial, Civista Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. Together, in addition to advocating in Annapolis and Baltimore for Southern Maryland healthcare policy, we work to improve access to care for our communities. We are very proud to have brought to our region two ventures created to date, the Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency and the Chesapeake-Potomac Regional Cancer Center.”

The keys to the Alliance’s success are the recruitment, retention and development of staff—many of whom are graduates of CSM, Wray said.

“One new initiative important to the Alliance this year is the ‘Who Will Care?’ campaign from the Maryland Hospital Association,” said Wray. The campaign is working to address significant nursing shortages in the region by doubling the number of registered nurses educated in the state in the next five years.

“Nursing and allied health programs cannot promote a well-rounded quality education unless they have accessible resources,” said CSM Health Sciences Division Chair Sandy Genrich.  “You have been there for us as we have grown. Our expansion requires that over 380 student clinical placements are needed each semester,” Genrich said to representatives of the Alliance present for the dedication ceremony.

Since this award, CSM has also been awarded additional funds through the MHA campaign to renovate a nursing classroom to contain a separate high fidelity simulation control room on its La Plata Campus. The control room will be equipped with a one-way mirror and technology such as computers, cameras, simulated hospital room equipment such as intravenous (IV) pumps, oxygen tubes and suction devises, and a voice simulator for use with a SimMan Manikin.

“Students will receive rapid response training based on real-world hospital scenarios developed by our nursing staff and simulation coordinator,” said Genrich.

“We are so proud that our funds were able to challenge the college and help you to earn even more funds,” said Wray.

For information on CSM’s nursing and allied health technology programs, visit http://www.csmd.edu/healthcare/.


 “Who Will Care ?” is an initiative, established by a group of stakeholders, including the Maryland Hospital Association and healthcare and academic leaders, to double the number of nurse graduates in Maryland. The campaign aims to raise $60 million from public and private sources to graduate an additional 1,500 registered nurses per year. For information, visit www.mdhospitals.org/mha/Who_Will_Care.





CSM Awarded Grant to Increase Nurse Graduates


The Maryland Hospital Association has announced the College of Southern Maryland as among the initial grant recipients of its “Who Will Care?” campaign to increase the number of nurse graduates. With this grant, CSM will begin the Simulation Enhanced Learning (SEL) project to enhance learning with simulation scenarios to improve retention and graduation rates.

Use of expanded simulation resources will permit students to immediately apply new theoretical knowledge in patient care delivery, and allow for improved synthesis of nursing concepts, increased confidence and more refined decision-making skills. With this project, time spent in the program will decrease, fewer students will be forced to leave the program entirely and more students will be able to progress to program completion in four semesters.

            CSM was one of 17 recipients in the first-round of “Who Will Care?” grants. The grants will be used to provide additional operating dollars to nursing schools to add faculty, students and clinical technology. Statewide, these initial grants will increase the number of nurses graduating in Maryland by 300 students and add 20 faculty positions. Successful implementation of CSM’s SEL project could result in up to 24 more graduates per academic year.

A group of stakeholders established the “Who Will Care?” campaign to double the number of nurse graduates in Maryland due to the nursing shortage. The initiative aims to raise $60 million in public and private sources to graduate an additional 1,500 nurses per year.

To date, donors have pledged $15.5 million over the next five years. Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, made up of Calvert Memorial Hospital, Civista Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency and the Chesapeake-Potomac Regional Cancer Center, had designated $233,000 of its $350,000 donation to CSM’s nursing program.

For information on CSM’s nursing and allied health technology programs, visit http://www.csmd.edu/healthcare/.