St. James Healthcare Donates to Montana Tech


St. James Healthcare Simulation Lab dedicationSt. James Healthcare CEO Chuck Wright cuts the ribbon at the St. James Healthcare Simulation Lab dedication in the Montana Tech Health Sciences Building on February 12, 2014. From left to right, St. James Healthcare Board of Directors Chairman Mark Zora; St. James Healthcare CEO Chuck Wright; Montana Tech Director of Nursing Karen VanDaveer; Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter; and Montana Tech Dean of the College of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies Doug Coe.

 St. James Healthcare recently made a gift to Montana Tech in the amount of $60,000. This donation will be used to update equipment in the Nursing Department to further student success and will also be used to create a permanent scholarship endowment for nursing students. In appreciation for the donation, the Nursing Department has named its simulation lab, the St. James Healthcare Simulation Laboratory. 
The gift comes as the Montana Tech Nursing Department is celebrating two other recent accomplishments: Montana Tech nursing students accomplished a 100% pass rate during the 3rd quarter (1/1/2013 to 9/30/2013) on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and nursing student Allison Kendall was awarded the Montana Nursing Association's student scholarship
“I wish to thank St. James Healthcare for the generous donation to the Montana Tech Nursing Department,” said Karen VanDaveer, director of nursing at Montana Tech. “The St. James Healthcare Simulation Lab will help promote a superior level of high fidelity learning/teaching for students and faculty. Simulation-based education is increasingly viewed as a crucial component of healthcare education programs. The benefits include practicing and making mistakes in a risk-free environment, identifying errors in care processes prior to their implementation in practice and adapting scenarios for learners at multiple levels.”
“The demand for qualified nurses is on the rise,” noted Joe McClafferty, vice chancellor for development and university relations and president of the Montana Tech Foundation. “St. James Healthcare’s generous gift will allow Montana Tech to help meet the need for registered nurses by offering scholarships to incoming students and will also enhance our facilities by providing state-of-the-art equipment to our students. We thank St. James Healthcare for their generosity.”
Montana Tech’s registered nursing program began on campus in 2001 and is currently housed in the Health Sciences Building. Since its inception, the program has graduated 444 nurses. St. James Healthcare is one of the top employers of Montana Tech alumni in the Butte area.
The nursing program offers an associate of science (ASN) and bachelor of science (BSN). In addition to being approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing, the associate of science program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The baccalaureate program at Montana Tech is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Beginning in 2013, the BSN program went fully online.
The program’s registered nursing students received a 100% pass rate year to date (1/1/2013 to 9/30/2013) on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). NCLEX-RN is an examination for the licensing of registered nurses in the United States. Thirty-one Montana Tech students took the exam and all passed. The national average for the NCLEX-RN exam is 84.28% and Montana’s average is 87.96 year to date.
“St. James Healthcare has had a long-standing partnership with the Montana Tech Nursing Department,” said Shannon Holland, Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. James Healthcare. “Across the nation, there is a shortage of nurses, but through our collaboration with Montana Tech, St. James is able to recruit top-notch nursing graduates who understand and appreciate our commitment to providing exceptional patient care,” she said. “We want to ensure that program continues to grow and excel.”
A dedication ceremony for the St. James Healthcare Simulation Laboratory will take at a later date.
For more information, please contact Karen VanDaveer at 406-496-4392.