Columbia College of Nursing's El Centro de Salud Wins WHA Global Vision Award

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Milwaukee—September 18, 2006 – A clinic operated by the Columbia College of Nursing that provides health care services for Milwaukee’s Latino community has received a 2006 Global Vision Community Partnership Award from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). The Columbia College of Nursing is part of Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc.

El Centro de Salud received the coveted community service award for its 12-year commitment to providing wellness and preventive health care services to Latino residents on Milwaukee’s Southside. For College of Nursing students, the clinic provides meaningful practice experiences that cannot be duplicated in a classroom.

“El Centro de Salud is a culturally rich educational setting for nursing and other healthcare students,” said Katherine Dimmock, CEO and Dean of the Columbia College of Nursing.

The Award is based on WHA’s request for “ongoing community initiatives that may be models for addressing community needs for the regions of the state.”

El Centro provides immunizations, physicals, health education, health promotion, screening and support to students of United Community Center’s preschool, elementary and middle schools as well as to adults in family programs and older adult services. Through these programs, El Centro provided 5,119 child health visits, 1,420 medication education and supervision visits, 203 developmental screenings, and nearly 2,000 adult visits in academic year 2005-2006.

Columbia College of Nursing’s El Centro de Salud joins two other Columbia St. Mary’s community service projects that have received a WHA Global Vision Community Service Award. Madre Angela Dental Clinic was recognized in 2001, and IMPACT Child Development Screening was selected in 2003.

Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Columbia, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 30 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006 Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.

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