Rend Lake College’s Allied Health Division recently received an outstanding gift from Pinckneyville Community Hospital – six Physio-Control Lifepak 9 defibrillator / pacemaker / monitoring devices. This is the first time the college has had this type of functioning equipment.
“This is just a tremendous thing,” said RLC Practical Nursing Associate Professor Bonnie Tolbert. She said the college does have one similar piece of equipment, but it has never been in working order.
Tom Hudgens, PCH Administrator, said the hospital has upgraded to new bi-phasic equipment and opted to donate the devices to RLC in support of its Allied Health Programs.
Tolbert said the Lifepaks will be used to train not only nursing students, but also Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Certified Nurse Assistant students, among others. The equipment also could be used in Advanced Cardiac Life Support training, she said.
Hudgens said Pinckneyville Community Hospital draws employees from all of RLC’s Allied Health programs.
“The area will benefit from this donation for a long, long time,” Tolbert said.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital has been active in supporting a scholarship employment opportunity for Rend Lake College nursing students. PCH asks for a working commitment from nursing students in return for help in repaying student loans.
PCH currently provides a plethora of services, including medical / surgical nursing care, ambulatory surgery, emergency care, laboratory services, nuclear medicine, electrocardiograms, mammography, Home Health, Hospice, mobile MRI services and numerous others.
The hospital also hosts several specialty clinics on a regular basis, including cardiology, podiatry, oncology, vascular services, orthopaedics, pain control and more.
For more information, contact Tolbert at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1808.
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