SOURCE: ProMedica; Lourdes College

ProMedica; Lourdes College

ProMedica; Lourdes College

August 12, 2011 14:12 ET

ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund Donate $1 Million for Nurse Anesthesia Program and Scholarship at Lourdes College

ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Nurse Anesthesia Lab Dedicated

TOLEDO, OH--(Marketwire - Aug 12, 2011) - Lori Datkun has been a nurse 18 years. She had always had a goal to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with an opportunity for increased responsibilities and rewards. She was thrilled when Lourdes College established the new MSN program for Nurse Anesthesia -- the only program of its kind in the area.

And now Lori will be receiving financial support in completing that nurse anesthesia program thanks to a scholarship she received funded by the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund.

Through the McKesson Memorial Fund, ProMedica Flower Hospital is donating $1 million over a 10 year period to Lourdes College's Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program (MSN:NAP).

"I enrolled at Lourdes because of the new MSN program for nurse anesthesia," says Datkun, RN. "Being chosen as a scholarship recipient was a complete surprise to both me and my family and was definitely an answer to our prayers."

This endowed scholarship is a commitment to the students: Approximately 80 percent of the funding will be used for students enrolled in Lourdes' MSN:NAP who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Lourdes will invest the remainder of the funding in continuing education in the field of anesthesia, staff development, direct support for the training program, and the creation of a lecture series.

Lourdes MSN:NAP was recently accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Upon completion of the intense 28-month program, graduates will be prepared to take the national certification exam in order to become certified and practice as CRNAs.

"CRNAs are critical to successful workflow in surgery and in delivering anesthesia during surgery," says Alan Sattler, President, ProMedica Flower Hospital. "We saw this as an investment with Lourdes in the community as well as the students. The hope is that as these Lourdes students complete their degrees and become CRNAs they will have developed strong relationships with our staffs and physicians and will stay in this community."

Jill Liebnau, MS, CRNA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Administrator, Lourdes College, echoes these comments. "We established the MSN:NAP because there is an unfilled need and desire for this type of program in the region and it has shown in our enrollment. Our first class is already filled!"

In recognition of the donation, on Thursday, August 11 at 1 p.m., Lourdes College dedicated the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Nurse Anesthesia Lab, designed as a resource for students in the MSN:NAP program. The lab is located in St. Joseph Hall on Lourdes campus, alongside the College's primary nursing laboratory.

Students enrolled in Lourdes' MSN:NAP will be assigned to a physician or nurse anesthesia mentor who will guide the students during their clinical experience at ProMedica facilities.

The endowed scholarship fund is made possible through the ProMedica Flower Hospital/ McKesson Memorial Fund. Elmer I McKesson, M.D. was a consulting anesthesiologist at Flower Hospital until his death in 1935 and was known throughout the world as a scientist, physician, educator and inventor. The McKesson Memorial Fund was established for the perpetual research, education and study of anesthesia.

Flower Hospital is a member of ProMedica, a mission-based organization that is ranked the No. 2 most integrated health system in the U.S. Formed in 1986, ProMedica is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization with nearly 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians and more than 306 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica serves more than 2.73 million patients annually and includes 11 hospitals; ProMedica Continuum Services with senior, hospice, rehabilitation, and integrative services; ProMedica Physicians, a network of more than 315 primary care and specialty physicians; and Paramount Health Care, one of the largest HMOs in northwest Ohio. For more information, please visit

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal arts, nursing, organizational leadership and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Life Lab, Lifelong Learning and Theater Vision. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in baseball and men's and women's basketball, golf and volleyball. Named a "Best in Midwest" college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Lourdes College is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

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