Gouverneur Hospital Donates Medical-Surgical Bed to SUNY Canton's Nursing Program

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Nursing students Brooke A. Knight of Waddington, Timothy J. McIntyre of Hannawa Falls and Kyle D. Weems of Norwood practice with a bed donated by Gouverneur Hospital in a SUNY Canton Nursing lab.

CANTON, NY (10/20/2015)(readMedia)-- Gouverneur Hospital has made a donation that will help SUNY Canton's Nursing students prepare for their future careers.

Representatives recently gave a Hill-Rom CareAssist ES Medical Surgical Bed to augment the college's simulated hospital laboratory.

"We were delighted to receive this special tool for training our students," said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who noted that similar units cost approximately $10,000. "It's the only bed in the lab that has an exit monitoring system that will alert staff if the patient moves."

Gouverneur Hospital CEO Marlinda L. LaValley added, "This is mutually beneficial and we're delighted to be able to support workforce development in our region, particularly of the nursing workforce."

The bed is already being used as a resting place for one of the college's practice mannequins, used to simulate hospital care scenarios. While the college's plastic patients won't fully appreciate the capabilities of the bed, the advanced features help students become more adept with the tools and resources available at the healthcare facilities where they will work after graduation.

Other features that will assist students include an integrated bed scale, sophisticated steering for moving the patient and a one-button dining chair position.

About Gouverneur Hospital

Gouverneur Hospital was opened in January of 2014 as a critical access hospital. It is part of the St. Lawrence Health System and affiliated with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. The hospital serves a regional community of approximately 18,000 people in southern St. Lawrence and northern Jefferson counties. The organization prides itself on employing providers and staff who are committed to providing patients of all ages with high-quality, compassionate care as close to home as possible.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor's degrees. The college's 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.