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Regional Health wins national award for tech school support

Apr 17, 2019 02:53PM ● By MED Magazine
Regional Health has been named winner of the Silver Star of Excellence Award, presented by the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). The award recognizes Regional Health’s support and commitment to postsecondary technical education.

Ann Bolman, President of Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City, nominated Regional Health for the award. She noted that Regional Health is a major employer of Western Dakota Tech graduates. Nearly 10 percent of the class of 2017 joined Regional Health after graduation.

Bolman also cited Regional Health’s generosity in providing meeting space, surgical and laboratory supplies, medical simulation materials, compliance training and other assistance for its programs including practical nursing, surgical technology, medical lab technology, phlebotomy, paramedicine, medical assisting, health information management and pharmacy technology.

Regional Health has also partnered with Western Dakota Tech, South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota and other community health groups to develop a regional Area Health Education Center, which will provide resources for community health training and medical field development in western South Dakota.

“Western Dakota Tech is very grateful to Regional Health for the multiple layers of support they provide to Western Dakota Tech,” Bolman wrote. “Regional Health has earned every ounce of the recognition the ATEA Silver Star of Excellence Award bestows.”

Jill Tice, Director of Quality, Safety and Risk Management at Regional Health, accepted the award on behalf of Regional Health during the ATEA’s National Conference in Indianapolis.

“We have been honored to partner with Western Dakota Technical Institute on several projects and programs over the past few years. This partnership has been instrumental in developing our medical workforce to support our Black Hills communities,” she said. “Western Dakota Tech graduates are exceptional caregivers -- skilled, well-trained, motivated and committed to our mission: Make a Difference. Every Day.”

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