Health Advisory Committee Formed

College partners with local health businesses to expand offerings

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Gila Community College (GCC) has offered local students an opportunity to earn a nursing degree close to home since 2005, with the help of Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The program has trained 153 skilled nurses.

GCC and PRMC have worked together to refine the nursing curriculum and provide real-world work experiences for students. The students receive a high-quality education in a growing career field. The hospital gets skilled candidates who live in the community and who understand the community’s needs. The Rim Country gets trained, compassionate health care delivered from fellow community members.

This year GCC and PRMC, a local physician and administrators from Payson Care Center and Rim Country Health and Apartments joined the effort and formed the Allied Health Advisory Committee to provide input on current and future health care.

Medical Center CEO Chris Wolf said, “Having GCC graduates work at PRMC is rewarding because I’m confident the students have received a quality education. I know these graduates will treat our patients with care and compassion because they are also their neighbors, friends and family. GCC helps our great community thrive by offering an excellent education at an affordable price.”

Payson Campus Dean Pamela Butterfield talked about a range of health programs, including CNA, EMT, Fire Science, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant and Nursing.

Senior Dean Stephen Cullen talked about a new allied health certificate of proficiency, Coding and Billing, beginning the Fall 2014 semester. Students can start taking required courses in January 2014.

For more information, call the Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039. Registration is now open.

GCC and the Allied Health Advisory Committee will continue to collaborate and provide excellent health care throughout the Rim Country.

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