Community Support Strengthens Vital Links
Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Over the last five years, a local accounting firm has been quietly investing in GPRC and the health care community. In fact, MNP Grande Prairie has generously donated a total of $100,000 to the College and the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation.
“We wanted to do something positive to support our local region,” said Kory Brazel, Regional Managing Partner for MNP Peace Region. “Giving back to the community where we live and work has always been a priority so we are extremely proud to see our efforts go towards healthcare advancements in Grande Prairie. Through partner contributions and our annual team member silent auction, we have been able to steadily fund some truly great initiatives.”
The annual donations have helped GPRC purchase world-class equipment for the College’s Simulation Lab, including the Noelle® maternal and neonatal teaching system. The female patient and newborn simulators prepare students for key elements of the birthing experience and the nursing care required before, during and after delivery.
“We use a variety of simulators in our nursing department for clinical teaching and learning purposes,” explains Lana Bennett, GPRC Lab Coordinator Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies. “These tools provide an immersive experience and are integral to improving skills and confidence in advance of actual patient care.”
Over time, GPRC has been increasing access to innovative healthcare training tools as well as in-demand programming. In addition to offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in collaboration with the University of Alberta, earlier this year the institution announced two new health career pathways. The Health Care Aide certificate program will begin training its first students this fall and GPRC’s Practical Nurse diploma program will launch Winter 2022.
The programs are welcome additions with Grande Prairie Regional Hospital slated to open later this year and the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation preparing for onsite teaching and learning by Winter 2022. MNP’s Simulation Lab contribution and donations to Grande Prairie Regional Hospital’s Learning Centre are also timely and will generate lasting benefits for healthcare professionals and patients.
“Hands on experience adds value in any profession, but in healthcare it’s paramount,” says Wendy Knox, Manager, Community Engagement. “The generous support from our community has not only helped us give students the opportunity to gain crucial skills and master life saving techniques in a structured environment, it has equipped us with tools and great spaces where people can learn and grow for generations to come.”
To learn more about how you can make a profound difference, visit GPRC.me/Giving or contact Wendy Knox, Manager, Community Engagement by email: WKnox@GPRC.ab.ca or by phone: 780-539-2902.