Southwest Indiana AHEC Presents Award to Memorial Hospital

Memorial_Hospital_FrontIndianapolis, IN (Local Sources) – On March 10, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was honored with the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 2015 Partnership Matters Award. This award recognizes organizations or programs whose partnership has provided outstanding opportunity for success of local AHEC programs and demonstrates a motivation to work collaboratively to transcend boundaries and leverage scarce resources effectively to build the next generation of Hoosier health professionals.

“A vibrant community requires not only a strong health care system, but an ongoing commitment to the future health care workforce and unique educational opportunities for its own residents,” said Jane Friona, Director of Southwest Indiana AHEC, when presenting the award to Tonya Heim, Memorial Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Recognized as a regional leader in the provision of comprehensive health care, Memorial Hospital is also a strong supporter of medical education.”

Friona said that during the 2014-15 academic year, family physicians affiliated with Memorial Hospital will precept nine family medicine clerkships for third-year medical students, providing lodging at no cost when needed by the student, as well as free meals in the hospital’s Tower Café during the entire clerkship.

“Memorial Hospital has also hosted a health careers camp the past two summers in partnership with AHEC and Vincennes University – Jasper, which allows regional high school students to experience the array of health careers available to them,” said Friona. “This summer experience is funded by Memorial Hospital, and many of their employees participate in planning and conducting the camp with the full support of hospital administration.”

In addition, Memorial Hospital representatives are actively involved on the Southwest Indiana AHEC advisory council, including hosting a meeting each year. “All of these activities contribute to an excellent partnership between Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and Southwest Indiana AHEC,” said Friona. “This is positively impacting the pipeline of future health professionals in southern Indiana.”

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center began as a regional center in 2008 and is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Southwest Indiana AHEC is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training, and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

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