Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Delegate Todd Pillion and Mountain States partner to help students at Ridgeview High School
CLINTWOOD, Va. – On Friday, Sept. 30, Delegate Todd Pillion and leaders from Mountain States gathered with nursing program students and Dickenson County Schools officials for a special visit at Ridgeview High School. Officials gathered to see how newly acquired equipment – donated to the program by Mountain States and Dickenson Community Hospital – is being integrated in the classroom.
This spring, staff at Ridgeview High School contacted Delegate Pillion about the possibility of acquiring additional supplies for the school’s nursing program. The supplies would supplement the students’ learning experience by making available relevant equipment and tools used in the healthcare industry.
“Part of addressing our economic challenge is giving students the opportunity to acquire a skill set or training that can enable them to pursue career opportunities here at home,” said Delegate Pillion. “I appreciate Mountain States for their eagerness to support this program and enhance the educational experience of our students.”
After learning about the need, Pillion contacted Dickenson Community Hospital, which was able to donate carts, beds and other items to support the school’s nursing program. Dickenson Community Hospital also used the resources of other hospitals within the Mountain States system to obtain even more supplies – like blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and gloves – for the school.
The program at Ridgeview High School teaches students nursing skills and provides training that enables them to live and work in Southwest Virginia.
“We are committed to making a difference in our community, and we’re proud to be able to help the school’s nursing program,” said Mark Vanover, administrator of Dickenson Community Hospital. “We want these students to be able to learn these specialized skills and then use them right here at home to take care of the citizens in our region.”