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UW System to Honor Saint Joseph's Hospital
For Partnership With UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: April 2, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A program that helps provide quality nursing education to students in central Wisconsin has earned Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield a "Partnership Award" from the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents.
The hospital will be recognized for a partnership with UW-Eau Claire that brings the university's baccalaureate nursing program to St. Joseph's Hospital.
The awards, which will be presented during an April 4 ceremony in Madison, honor the thousands of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to UW System institutions. The awards were created in recognition of the UW System's 30th anniversary.
More than 250 students have graduated with nursing degrees through the program since UW-Eau Claire formed its nursing education partnership with Saint Joseph's Hospital in the mid-1980s, said Rita Kisting Sparks, interim associate dean of the School of Nursing. About 85 students are currently enrolled in the Marshfield program, she said.
Through the partnership program, students take pre-nursing courses at central Wisconsin campuses and enter UW-Eau Claire's program at the Marshfield site as sophomores. Courses are taught by UW-Eau Claire faculty located in Marshfield, faculty from UW-Eau Claire who travel to Marshfield and by interactive television in a special distance education classroom. UW-Eau Claire faculty at the Marshfield site handle the advising and clinical supervision.
"Students at the Marshfield site receive the same high-quality education as those enrolled at the main UW-Eau Claire campus," Kisting Sparks said. "Through this program, we can help provide central Wisconsin with highly-skilled nurses without requiring the students to relocate to Eau Claire to earn their degree. It benefits the students and the region."
In addition to providing classroom space, laboratories and offices, Saint Joseph's Hospital provides support for technology, a learning resource center, and faculty and staff positions, Kisting Sparks said.
Twenty-four students are admitted in to the program every January at the Marshfield site. The students graduate five semesters later.
"This event will provide a special opportunity for the Regents to celebrate the excellence of the UW System and to reaffirm the importance of the individuals and organizations within and outside the UW System who are vital to our success," UW System Board of Regents President Jay L. Smith said of Thursday's ceremony, which will follow the April Board of Regents' meeting.
Each of the UW campuses nominated a recipient for the award to acknowledge an extraordinary contribution to a campus and to the UW System.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 2, 2002