highlights ealth care - Owens Community College


highlights ealth care - Owens Community College


ealth care




from the Dean

Janell Lang,

Ed. S.

In January, members of the Administrative

Council gathered for an all-day retreat to

begin the process of integrating Owens

core values into day-to-day operations of the

College. These organizational core values are:

Service, Learning, Innovation, Collaboration

and Excellence (SLICE).

As I drove home from the meeting, I reflected

upon the same core values that have been

infused within the School of Health Sciences

(SOHS) since its origins in 1969. How

interesting: the values of the College really

have not changed, but how we work together,

as an institution, to understand, embrace and

validate these values through our behaviors

has. This train of thought led me to consider

how we, in SOHS, incorporate these core

values in order to meet the School’s mission:

“to provide quality education to students

enrolled in its programs, which meets their

needs as well as the standards of care

mandated by employers and consumers of

health care. The academic programs are

designed to prepare graduates to succeed

in health careers and to make a positive

contribution to society.”

Let’s review how these core values are

integrated within program curricula and the

culture of SOHS to live those values.

Service: Because of the mission of the School

of Health Sciences, service is the philosophical

underpinning of all of its programs. In this

newsletter, you will read about students who

spent their Spring Break helping others in

local, national and international communities.

All of the nursing and allied health programs

enjoy active student organizations whose

foundations are based on service. The Student

Nurse’s Association (SNA) has been actively

involved in community projects on both the

Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, and

groups such as the Student American Dental

Hygiene Association (SAHDA) and the Student

Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

spearhead many College-wide activities,

such as Relay for Life and Colleges Against

Cancer (CAC). The Student Association of

Surgical Technologists has been responsible

for the annual campus American Red Cross

Bloodmobile Drive for the past three years.

These experiences promote clinical reasoning

skills to transmit the values and beliefs that

enable ethical practice; they help students to

develop professionalism and competence, and

they encourage students to see themselves in

a broader role in society.

Learning: Within the School of Health

Sciences, learning and service are inextricably

intertwined. Administrators and faculty, alike,

believe that education must be linked to social

responsibility and that the most valuable

learning is active and connected to experience

in some meaningful way. Faculty members

have sought new ways to meet students’

learning needs as well as the needs of the

community. The scientific base of nursing and

allied health and their traditional concepts and

roles continue to be taught, but in new venues,

in our communities.

Innovation: This core value is realized in

a number of different ways. Certainly, the

creation of the 60/60 Program with Lourdes

College is just one example. This agreement

allows students, who have been accepted into

the Surgical, Occupational Therapy Assistant,

Health Information and Radiography

Programs, but must wait for a clinical seat,

to spend that time working on a Bachelor’s

Degree. Now, students don’t have to finish

one degree before beginning another, and

School of Health Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1

they can graduate from both institutions at the

same time.

Another illustration of innovation is the plan to

inaugurate a Cancer Information Management

Associate Degree Program in Fall 2007. There

are only eleven other approved programs in

the country, and this will be the first in the state

of Ohio. Because of these limited educational

opportunities, there are not enough cancer

registry professionals to fill available positions

in this rapidly growing field.

Collaboration: Again, in this newsletter

you will read about Dental Hygiene faculty,

staff, alumni and students, along with

external members of the Northwest Ohio

dental community, donating their time and

expertise to provide dental services free of

charge to over 150 elementary and secondary

school students. Radiography students also

participated in the annual “Give Kids a

Smile” Program by assuming responsibilities

for intake and administrative tasks.

Another collaboration that is now in its

fourth year of operation is the Transition to

Independent Living Skills (TILS) Project.

Working with Sylvania, Perrysburg and Toledo

Public Schools, 14 high school students with

developmental disabilities spend 24 hours

per week on the Owens Toledo-area Campus

learning basic academic skills and vocational

and independent living skills in the hopes

that they can transition from current living

situations (group homes or living with parents)

to independent living in the community.

Excellence: The axiom, the whole is greater

than the sum of its parts, seems appropriate

when examining the value of excellence, for

it encompasses service, learning innovation

and collaboration. Excellence will not

occur without the other core values and

their associated characteristics. However,

the centrality of student learning is, indeed,

the apex of excellence. The assessment of

Continued on page 2

Health Care Highlights is published

each Fall and Spring Semester

by the Office of Marketing and

Communications in conjunction with

the School of Health Sciences.

Dean, School of Health Sciences

Janell Lang

Contributing Writers

Kristine Flickinger Pearl Manion

Catherine Ford Brad Meyer

Cindy Hall Barbara Miller

Beth Ann Hatkevich Laura Moore

Bonnie Hemp Diane Morlock

Julie Lohse Amy Richcreek

Tekla Madaras Beth Tronolone

Editor Janell Lang

Project Manager Sarah Householder

Designer Cheri Vollmar

Alumni News

E-mail your accomplishments to

janell_lang@owens.edu or call

(567) 661-7206.

School of Health Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Health

Sciences is to provide quality education

to students enrolled in its programs, which

meets their needs as well as the standards of

care mandated by employers and consumers

of health care. The academic programs are

designed to prepare graduates to succeed

in health careers and to make a positive

contribution to society. These graduates are

able to initiate change as well as support and

adapt to evolving health care issues.

Continued from front cover.

student learning, both at the program level and

in the achievement of general education core

competencies, is essential to define educational

quality and to determine how well the College’s

mission and purposes are being fulfilled.

Finally, this will be my last “Note from the

Dean,” as I am retiring from Owens Community

College on June 30, 2007. Throughout my

career at Owens, I have been given so much,

both professionally and personally. However,

for the past 22 years, as the Dean of the School

of Health Sciences, I have been given such a

special gift: all of you.

I clearly remember that spring day in 1985,

when former President Daniel Brown called

me into his office and asked me to move from

World Aids Day

Findlay Campus

World AIDS Day is commemorated each

year on December 1. On that day, nursing

students enrolled in Community / Family

Health Issues displayed posters, presented

educational forums and distributed literature

on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area

Campuses to increase student and community

awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Resource Center of Northwest

Ohio also participated in this event on both


Arts & Sciences to Health. I said (to myself),

“What are you thinking? I’m an English

teacher!” However, I did agree to take this job

for one year. After that time, if I felt that the

faculty and staff could not work with a nonhealth

person, I wanted my old job back. He

just nodded and agreed to my conditions.

Well, somehow it worked. It worked because

you were so willing to take a “leap of faith,”

to teach me about your disciplines and your

specialties. For me, it was great fun to be a

student again. I have learned and gained so

much from you, faculty, administrators, staff,

alumni and students. Thank you.

Table of Contents

Nursing Program................................. 2-4

Surgical Program....................................5

Dental Hygiene Program.........................6

Food, Nutrition and Hospitality..............7

Health Information Technology...............8

Occupational Therapy Assistant...........8-9

Massage Therapy.....................................9

Medical Assistant...................................10

Medical Imaging Technologies.........10-11

Student News......................................... 11

Alumni Accomplishments..................12-13

Welcome New Members................... 14-15

Toledo students held presentations in the

College Hall Atrium and the Math/Science

Galleria while Findlay students provided the

same information in the Student Atrium. The

Student Nurse Association (SNA) in Findlay

also volunteered its time and distributed

educational literature at doorways throughout

Julie Heimsath shows off her display geared

toward increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS.


Mission Statement

We believe in

serving our students

and our communities.

Your success is our


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Nursing Program

SNA Toy Drive — Findlay–area Campus

The Owens Community College

Findlay area Campus Student Nurse’s

Association once again worked to

spread holiday cheer throughout the

surrounding communities by hosting its

second annual Toy Drive benefiting children

staying in local hospitals.

“The Owens Findlay-area Campus Student

Nurse’s Association is proud to engage in

a project that allows us to give back to the

community in a very meaningful way,” said

Craig Tobias, Owens Registered Nursing

student and President of the Findlay-area

Campus Student Nurse’s Association.

“The charitable donations made a world of

difference for those children who must spend

their holiday in the hospital.”

Tobias added, “Many of the Owens nursing

students conduct their clinical work in

these hospitals. This allows us to show our

appreciation for that and to make a significant

contribution to the patients.”

The Student Nurse’s Association wrapped

the donated toys and distributed them as

gifts to children in the Blanchard Valley

Regional Health Center, Wood County

Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin and

Fremont Memorial Hospital.

The Owens Student Nurse’s Association has

a rich and storied history, serving as one of

the longest active student organizations at the

College. In 2005, Owens expanded its student

activities opportunities to include a new

Findlay-area Campus chapter of the Student

Nurse’s Association. The organization was

created for Findlay-area Campus nursing

and pre-nursing students with the overall

mission of providing avenues for individuals

to engage in community service activities,

as well as to serve as a support network for

nursing students.

SNA Drive - Toledo area Campus

Nursing Program

Each year for Christmas, the Student Nurse’s Association adopts

a family in need with the help of The Salvation Army. A tree

is hung in the hallway outside of the nursing office and

decorated with ornaments with the needs and wants of the

family for the students and faculty to choose. The family

chosen this year was a grandmother with four small children

between the ages of infant to 6-years old. The students provided

clothing and toys to the children and also provided gifts for the

grandmother, whose only wish was for the children to have

a nice Christmas. A special gift was arranged for Stevie, the

6-year-old, who wanted to have a ride in “The Gravedigger.” He

was treated to a ride in the monster truck, which was arranged

through the owners of the truck, Amy Richcreek and Charlie

Pauken. The students and the family learned the true meaning

of Christmas that day.

Stevie gets a ride on The Gravedigger for Christmas.

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Nursing Program

Owens Students and Faculty Volunteer

in the Dominican Repub-

Spring Break frequently conjures up

ideas of warm places, time away from

scholastic endeavors and not working. Not

so for several nursing students and a few

of the nursing faculty. A small team from

Owens Community College volunteered

their time, talents, and resources to assist

with providing care for some of the poorest

of the poor in several small cities in the

Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic shares the island

of Hispaniola with the country of Haiti

in the Caribbean Sea. The small band left

Northwestern Ohio on March 10 from

Detroit not knowing the patient schedule, but

willing to serve the Dominican people. The

group went through Solid Rock Missions out

of Wauseon, Ohio and had a home base at

La Clinica Christiana de Salud Integral in the

city of San Juan de la Maguana. The Clinic is

where the team was housed while working in

the Dominican Republic. San Juan is about

three hours northwest of the capital city of

Santo Domingo.

The team consisted of students from all

four semesters from the school of nursing.

Nursing students on the team included

Paula Fouke, Tami Gerity, Ashley Meyer,

Megan Peake, Meghan Redd, Marielle

Strobehn, and Tracy Richardville-Healy. The

nursing faculty was represented by Karen

Wehman, Janet Pinkelman, and Barb Miller.

Dr. Jan Bosserman, a dentist and former

Owens faculty, completed the team.

Every day the team worked in a different

location. La Lima was a small town about a

45-minute off-road drive where daily living

is a challenge. There was no electricity or

any source of running water except for a

stream nearby. Over 50 very badly decayed

teeth were pulled. Team members assisted

with creatively organizing a work area in a

one- room school, tooth extractions, teaching

oral hygiene, and post-extraction wound care.

The clinic where the team stayed also had

an Infant Survival Program. Participating

with home visits to moms and their babies

was another eye-opening experience for

everyone. Observing how many people

in the world live is part of a cross-cultural

experience. Learning new and different

ways to evaluate a person’s nutritive status

by feeling their hair was one new

technique that was gleaned. Another day

several students had opportunities in the

pre-operative area assisting with putting

in foley catheters and starting IVs. Some

observed surgeries and even assisted in

surgery. One day was spent organizing a

much overstocked supply room.

What did the team think of their

experiences? “The Dominican people are

so wonderful! I will always remember this

life-altering experience,” said Tami Gerity.

“This was a great opportunity to see how

most of the world lives; it really boosted

my confidence,” Tracy Richardville-Healy

added. “This has been the experience of a

lifetime, a great trip,” Meghan Redd said.

To meet some of the team and hear more of

their stories, everyone is invited to come to

the Student Nurse’s Association meeting at

3 p.m. April 19, 2007 in BH 151. Their

success is our mission.

Volunteers in the Dominican Republic include (left to right): Dr. Jan Bosserman, Janet

Pinkelman, Ashley Meyer, Karen Wehman, Megan Peake, Meghan Redd, Paula Fouke,

Marielle Strobehn, Tracy Richardville-Healy, Tami Gerity and Barb Miller.

Megan Peake assists during surgery

in the Dominican Republic.

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Surgical Program

Owens Surgical Program Students Benefit From

Equipment Donations From Local Hospitals

During the current academic year, Bay

Park Community Hospital, St. Charles

Mercy Hospital and Wood County Hospital

have made generous donations of

endoscopic and sterilization equipment to

the Surgical Program.

Thad Wadsworth, OR, RN, BSN from

St. Charles, coordinated the contribution

of a Storz Laproscopic Surgical Tower

in December. This technology offers

students the opportunity to become familiar

with state-of-the-art equipment before

beginning their clinical rotations in the OR.

It is a tremendous addition to the College

laboratory setting.

In January, Martha Turney, RN and Joseph

Stevens, CST, from Bay Park Community

Hospital, arranged for the donation of

two Stryker Digital Endoscopic Systems

with a voice-controlled command system

called Hermes. In addition to the donation

of the endoscopic equipment, Bay Park

Community Hospital donated two Steris

systems. The Steris equipment utilizes

methods of sterilization for the endoscopic

equipment that both St. Charles and Bay

Park donated. The Steris systems allow both

the Surgical Technology and the Sterile

Processing students hands-on experience

with the latest in sterilization techniques

for instruments that cannot withstand the

traditional steam sterilization methods.

Theresa Calamuggio, RN and Beverly

Young, RN, from Wood County Hospital,

were instrumental in the donation of a tower

to house the Stryker Endoscopic System

donated by Bay Park in order to make the

system portable between the two simulated

operating rooms in the Surgical Lab.

Throughout the school year, a variety of

disposable items have been donated by all of

the area hospitals. In particular, Joey Opfer,

CST, from The Toledo Hospital and Bay

Park Community Hospital, generously

thought of Owens when it came time to

purge unused instruments from the hospitals’

central service areas, as well as outdated

supplies that could not be reprocessed for

hospital use. St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center

offered the Program a variety of instruments

to be utilized with the Storz and Stryker

systems previously donated by others. It is

truly through community support that Owens

is able to offer its programs at such low cost

to the students and clinical facilities within

the community.

Stryker Digital Endoscopic Systems

with voice-controlled command

systems are state-of-the-art.

Surgical Student Association Members

Participate in Service Learning Projects

The Storz Laproscopic Surgical Tower offers

students the opportunity to become familiar with

equipment before clinical rotations.

Surgical Student Association members

have been active in their service learning

projects by sponsoring the annual

American Red Cross Blood Drive on

campus in October. The students spent

many hours advertising and canvassing

the campus to secure a record number

of donors this past year. The drive was

successful in obtaining 71 units of

blood for the community. The Sterile

Processing students have continued their

commitment to teaching our community

about the importance of hand washing.

The students have taken hand washing on

the road to a variety of kindergarten classes

in the community. The students teach the

kindergartners about the proper way to

wash hands as well as the importance of

doing so.

The Steris Sterilization System allows students

to learn hands-on sterilization procedures.

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Dental Hygiene Technology

G i v e K i d s a S m i l e

Oral hygiene, X-rays and fillings were the

focus of free dental appointments at Owens

Community College as more than 150

Northwest Ohio elementary and high school

students’ teeth were transformed into pearly

whites during the nationwide Give Kids

a Smile Day. Thanks to the Owens’ Dental

Hygiene Program, in collaboration with the

Toledo Dental Society.

For 7-year-old Travis Sherman of Rossford,

the experience of having his teeth cleaned

was a “fun time.” Showing off his shiny

white teeth to his mother, Shannon Sherman

of Rossford, and Owens Dental Hygiene

student Alicia Przyojski of Toledo, Travis

beamed about the “prizes” he took away from

the appointment.

“They gave me a yellow toothbrush,” said the

excited youngster. “I have three toothbrushes

now at home: one is yellow, one vibrates and

one looks like Superman.”

“I think Give Kids a Smile Day is a wonderful

program, and I am really appreciative to

Owens,” said Travis’ mother Shannon. “We

were here last year and decided to come back

because of the exceptional service. Quality

dental care is expensive, and you can be sure

we’ll be back again next year as well.”

Give Kids a Smile Day is a national initiative

by the American Dental Association, which

is dedicated to focusing attention on the

epidemic of untreated oral disease among

disadvantaged children. Held each February

in conjunction with National Children’s

Dental Health Month, Give Kids a Smile Day

provides free oral health education, screening

and treatment services to children from lowincome

families across the country. In 2006,

events were held at over 2,000 locations

across the nation, with over 27,000 dental

team volunteers and 12,000 dentists providing

treatment to over 500,000 children.

Owens Community College’s Dental

Hygiene Program is delighted to participate

again this year in such a worthwhile endeavor

and provide dental services to individuals

in need,” said Beth Tronolone, Owens

Chair of Dental Hygiene. “Give Kids a Smile

Day is also a wonderful opportunity

to raise the importance and

awareness of preventative dental

care such as flossing, brushing and

regular dental visits.”

According to Tronolone, Owens’ 20

chair dental hygiene clinic normally

provides services to roughly 40

patients in a given day.

“The thought of seeing over 150 patients

in a single day could be considered

daunting; however, Owens’ Dental Hygiene

Program was fortunate to have the help of

70 volunteers, including area dentists, Owens

students and faculty, and returning

Owens alumni,” explained Tronolone.

Owens’ Dental Hygiene Program is

extremely thankful to all our friends and

partners for volunteering their time and

helping local children in need of proper dental

care. The day was a huge success because of

their efforts.”

Free dental services available throughout the

day included dental education and screening,

X-rays, oral prophylaxis (cleanings), limited

restorations and dental sealants.

The College’s Dental Hygiene Program

p r o v i d e s s t u d e n t s w i t h a f u l l y

accredited, scientifically current and

competency-based curriculum annually.

Students receive classroom instruction as

well as hands-on experience in the dental

hygiene clinic, while preparing to sit for the

national, state or regional exam in dental

hygiene. Owens’ program also offers dental

services to area residents through its dental

hygiene clinic, which is staffed by Owens

dental hygiene students and supervised by

licensed dental professionals at Owens, and

appointments are available during the Fall

and Spring Semesters for a $25 fee.

Owens Dental Hygiene students, faculty, alumni and

community volunteers provided free dental services

for underprivilaged children.

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Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Program

F N H ood, utrition and ospitality Food, Nutrition and

In order to provide the department a title

that includes the wide variety of food

related degree/certificate programs now

offered at Owens Community College,

the outdated titles “Dietetic” (for Dietetic

Technology) and “HRI” (for Hotel,

Restaurant & Institution Technologies) have

been replaced.

T h e n e w l y n a m e d F o o d , N u t r i t i o n

& Hospitality Department includes the

following programs: Dietetic Technician

Program, Culinary Arts Program, Hospitality

Management Program, Foodservice

Management Major, Dietary Manager

Certificate and Culinary Arts Certificate.

Dietetic Technician Students Provide

Food and Nutrition Information to

Community Groups

Hospitality Department

Participated in

“Great Taste Toledo”

Food, Nutrition & Hospitality students

participated in The Blade’s “Great

Taste Toledo” food and cooking expo

held in mid-October 2006. Todd Elliott

and Sean Neale, Dietetic Technician

students, assisted guest chef Lynne

Rossetto Kasper as volunteers, and five

Culinary Arts, Foodservice Management

and Hospitality Management students

staffed the Northwest Ohio Restaurant

Association exhibit.

During Fall Semester 2006, second-year

Dietetic Technician students presented

heart smart information to students at

the Toledo Restaurant Training Center

(TRTC). The TRTC is an industry-driven

competency-based restaurant training

program that provides management training

skills needed for the food service industry.

The Dietetic students discussed principles of

heart healthy menu selections as they apply

to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. After

their presentations, the Owens students

worked with the participants on identifying

heart-healthy choices on various menus that

are used in their restaurants.

Terrace View Café

The Terrace View Café is now serving in

the Culinary Arts Lab. The restaurant is

operated by the students in the Culinary

Arts and Hospitality Management

Programs. The lab setting provides

students with the opportunity to experience

the challenges of serving guests in a

contemporary restaurant, while working

closely with a cadre of experienced

Twenty teachers in the Pemberville

Elementary School, as part of the Eastwood

Local Schools Wellness Program, attended a

food and nutrition presentation provided by

several second-year Dietetic students. This

February presentation included the “What,

When and How Guide to Good Eating” along

with a question and answer session.

The community education presentations

provided by the Dietetic Technician students

completed the competency “Conduct

education and training for target groups”

as required by accreditation through the

American Dietetic Association.

chefs and front of the house management

professionals. This semester the Terrace

View Café is featuring American Regional

Cuisine and is accepting reservations from

faculty, staff and the general public. For

service dates, menus and reservations,

visit The Terrace View Café online at


Black History Month

Celebrated in the

Terrace View Café

Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Management students helped recognize

Black History Month by preparing and

serving a traditional soul food menu

for the panel discussion “Diversity

Within Black Culture.” The students in

American Regional Cuisine and Dining

Room and Beverage Management

presented black eyed pea and smoked

ham soup, buttermilk-battered fried

chicken, Southern-style greens, and

home-style macaroni and cheese.

The meal concluded with Southern

style sweet potato pie with cinnamon

cream. During the meal, the 59 guests

in attendance enjoyed a presentation

from Owens international students

representing Kenya and Nigeria.

health care highlights 7

Health Information Technology

Cancer Information Management Program


The Health Information Technology

Department has received preliminary

approval from the Ohio Board of

Regents to offer an Associate Degree of

Applied Science in Cancer Information

Management (CIM). The Program is

planned for Fall 2007.

The Cancer Information Management

professional manages and analyzes clinical

cancer information for the purpose of

processing, maintaining, compiling and

reporting health information for research,

quality management and improvement,

facility planning and marketing. This

professional abstracts and codes clinical

data using appropriate classification

systems and analyzes health records

according to state and national standards.

Students receiving education in this field are

eligible to write the certification examination

to become a certified tumor registrar (CTR).

The uniqueness of this program is that it

will be offered on-line only. The clinical

application class that is needed to complete

the program requires 160 hours of practice in

an approved Hospital Cancer Program. This

will be coordinated with sites convenient to

the students’ geographical locations.

Not only will an Associate Degree be

offered, but an advanced certificate in Cancer

Information Management is also planned.

This certificate will be for those students who

have already graduated from an accredited

two-year or four-year health information

technology / management program and have

a certification as an RHIT (Registered Health

Information Technician) or RHIA (Registered

Health Information Administrator).

For more information, contact Bonnie

Hemp, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ, Chair of Health

Information Technology at (567) 661-7286,

or Bonnie_Hemp@owens.edu.

Occupational Therapy

Century Health to Offer Substance Abuse

Assistance and Mental Health Services

The Owens Occupational Therapy

Assistant Program and the University of

Findlay Occupational Therapy Program

formed an OT/OTA fieldwork alliance

with Century Health. This opportunity

will allow occupational therapy and

occupational therapy assistant students to

understand role delineation and to work

together in a therapeutic environment.

drug and alcohol assessment and treatment,

employee assistance programs, psychiatric

consultation and treatment, diagnostic

assessment, pre-hospital screening, crisis

hotline and intervention services, anger

management, parent united, critical incident

stress management, wellness programs,

community education and support program

and drug screening.

Assistant Program

The mission of Century Health, an

innovative community partner, is to inspire

people to improve the quality of their lives

through a wide range of mental health and

substance abuse services provided by a

caring, competent staff. Services available

include individual counseling, family

counseling, marital and couple counseling,

The OT and OTA students have the

opportunity to assist clients in the areas

of community mobility, coping skills,

dressing, eating, grooming/hygiene, home

management, interpersonal relationships,

meal prep/clean-up, money management,

nutrition and many more areas of

living skills.

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Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program

Dana Frisch

Andrew Stillberger

During the Spring Semester 2007,

the Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program has two student interns from the

University of Toledo, College of Health

Sciences Occupational Therapy Doctoral

(OTD) Program, Andrew Stillberger and

Dana Frisch. As part of their Capstone

Experience, they are assisting in teaching

a lecture and lab course, as well as

working in the Transition to Independent

Living Skills (TILS) Program with the

Occupational Therapy Assistant students.

The goal of the Capstone Experience is to

encourage entry level students to become

future leaders contributing to the profession of

occupational therapy. Given changing patterns

of health care, occupational therapy practice

of the future will require therapists to become

autonomous decision-makers. The Capstone

Experience prepares students for leadership

and decision-making by encouraging them

to plan and pursue a highly individualized

semester of study at a site chosen by the

students. Students receive mentorship by

on-site faculty as well as academic faculty.

The premise is that autonomous decisionmaking

is best developed through planning

and carrying out a unique course of

professionally relevant action, while

benefiting from individualized mentorship.

The Capstone Experience is a different type

of educational experience from traditional

classroom learning, and it is also different

from required fieldwork in occupational

therapy education.

Massage Therapy Program

The Massage Therapy Program is

offering full body relaxation massages.

Massages are $20 for one hour. Please call

(567) 661-7044 or make a massage therapy

appointment online. We will soon be

taking reservations for special events. Gift

certificates are also available.


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Medical Assistant Department

Medical Assisting: An Important Part of the Medical Profession

In the past, medical personnel who were not

licensed nurses and worked in the medical

office were called office assistants. They were

trained on the job and worked in every area

of the office assisting the physician. The term

Medical Assistant evolved as specialists in the

health care industry became more numerous

due to the technology advancements of the

profession. Today’s Medical Assistants play

an integral part of most physicians’ staff,

fulfilling an ever expanding and varied role

in the medical office. Medical Assistants

are defined as: multi-skilled allied health

professionals specifically trained to work

in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’

offices, clinics and group practices, performing

administrative and clinical procedures.

Becoming a Medical Assistant requires

medical knowledge, organizational and

business skills, and the ability to meet

accepted performance standards of health

care workers. One must be able to perform

basic administrative and clinical functions,

such as schedule, coordinate and monitor

appointments; manage accounts receivable

and payable; perform venipunctures and

administer injections; perform diagnostic

testing and take vital signs, all under the

supervision of a licensed physician.

Medical Assistants join with RNs, LPNs,

PAs, Medical Technologists, and other

medical professionals to deliver quality

health care. Medical Assisting is now a

standard profession in the ambulatory

health care setting. Physicians have grown

to rely on them, according to the American

Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics

of the U.S. Department of Labor has long

reported that Medical Assisting is one of the

fastest growing occupations and will continue

to be so.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states that

job prospects are best for medical assistants

with formal training, particularly those who

are Certified Medical Assistants (CMA).

Medical Assistants can become certified,

which assures that an individual has met

either minimum competency requirements

or a level of excellence in the area defined.

Based on voluntary action by the AAMA, a

system was developed to grant recognition to

those practitioners who meet the stated level

of training and experience.

The Owens Community College Medical

Assisting Program on the Toledo and Findlay

Campuses is now 6-months-old. With

designated labs at the Toledo Campus in the

Health Technologies Building and on the

Findlay Campus, students are able to practice

the skills necessary to enter this allied

health field. As a two-year Associate Degree

Program, students spend four semesters in

the classroom. The fifth semester is spent

working in a physician’s office refining the

skills learned in the classroom.

At the end of Spring Semester 2008, Owens

Community College will graduate the first

class of Medical Assisting students. These

students will have mastered the necessary

competencies to prepare them for an

entry level medical assisting position in

the allied health community. Medical

Assistants are truly an important part of the

medical profession.

Medical Imaging Department

Sonography Students

On March 10, the second-year Sonography students assisted with The Toledo Hospital

Symposium by greeting and registering participants. They also attended the day-long event.

The symposium was attended by several hundred sonographers from Ohio, Michigan and

Indiana. Nationally recognized physicians and sonographers involved with Diagnostic Medical

Sonography presented on the most current technologies. Students also had the opportunity to

interact with equipment vendors and recruiters.

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Medical Imaging Department

Medical Imaging Department

Karen Laston

After many years of service to the Diagnostic Medical

Sonography Program, Karen Laston will be retiring as the

Clinical Education Coordinator. Her years of dedication

have produced Sonography Program graduates who are

highly skilled, with exceptional clinical experience.

Many involved with Laston in the clinical sites have

commented on her excellent communication as well

as clinical skills. The clinical coordinators and current

students were disappointed by the news of her pending

retirement as she is an appreciated and respected member

of the sonography community.

Laston was involved in the search committee which

selected her successor. We are pleased to have Kristy

Lewandowski, Owens Community College sonography

graduate, May 2003, as the new Clinical Education

Coordinator. The Medical Imaging Department is

fortunate to have someone with her credentials and

professional experience.

Laston will continue to be involved with the Diagnostic

Medical Sonography Program in a very limited capacity

as a lab assistant.

Kristy Lewandowski

Student News

Linda Myers Outstanding Student

Nominees for the Linda Myers Award from

left to right: Kevin Baker, Jessie Rader and

Mike Williams.

Kevin Baker, Jessie Rader and Mike Williams were nominated for the Linda Myers Outstanding

Student Award. Radar was the winner of the highest honor bestowed by the Medical Imaging

Department. All three were honored for their academic and clinical excellence, their interpersonal

and communication skills and their quality patient care. Jessie Rader also received the School

of Health Sciences’ Allied Health Award for her technical competencies, professionalism and

contributions to the community.

Janet Schlacter, Hospitality Management, and

Lori Smith, Foodservice Management, were

awarded $2,000 student scholarships from the

Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association.

Leonard Bragg, Culinary Arts student, spent

his Spring Break with other Owens students in

Lake Charles, Louisiana, helping area residents

rebuild their homes in the aftermath of hurricanes

and tornadoes two years ago. He spent the week

doing hard manual labor, including dry walling,

painting, and working on plumbing problems to

help Gulf Coast residents in need.

Heather Hardy, Heather Jackson, Jenny

Phounsavath and Sarah Waite were chosen

as the Fall 2006 Registered Nursing Student

recipients of the Barbara Rood Student Choice

Awards. Every semester, four students (one from

each option on the Toledo campus and one on the

Findlay campus) are selected by their classmates

to receive this award. Barbara Rood was one of

the original faculty members who started the

Owens Community College Nursing Program.

She set the professional standards that the faculty

and students continue to follow.

Heather Hardy also received the Peggy A.

Bensman Award for Fall 2006. The award is

named after the first Nursing Chair of Owens

Community College. The award is granted to

recognize academic achievement, community

and professional leadership, to encourage high

professional standards, and to strengthen the

ideas and image of nursing.

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Faculty/Staff Successes

First Row (from left to right): Luanne Sayder, Laurie

Erford and Bev Baney. Second Row (from left to

right): Kathy Schramko, Lynda Glanz, Julie Lohse

and Anne Helm.

Seven faculty members of the Nursing

Department attended a conference in San

Diego, which focused upon a multitude of

topics relevant to nurse educators today. The

challenges of teaching students from different

generations (baby boomers, Generation X

and Millennials) within the same classroom

were examined. Each of these generations’

learning needs are different, and a variety

of instructional strategies were discussed.

These included multimode instruction,

classroom response systems, podcasting

and pedagogical applications. Other topics

centered on using computerized testing for

curriculum evaluation; strategies to engage

learners and promote advanced reasoning

skills; faculty interventions for impaired

students; and teaching new roles related to

diagnosis, practice, regulation and education


Amy Crofts and Linda Homolka attended

an educators’ workshop entitled “Digital

Imaging for Educators.” Computed and digital

imaging techniques, image analysis, physics

and clinical applications were discussed. The

Medical Imaging faculty will now be able to

guide students as they apply this cutting edge

technology in the newly purchased digital

radiography lab.

Tekla Madaras, MEd,

RD, LD, Chair – Food,

Nutrition & Hospitality

has been appointed

as the Legislative

Network Coordinator

for the Ohio Dietetic

Association. She will

attend the 2007 Public

Tekla Madaras

Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. this

spring for training and visits to our Ohio

Congressional delegation.

Susan Perry, DMS

Coordinator, received

the January Apple of

the Month Award. She

is highly respected

by her students and

the community alike.

Students often comment

about her positive

attitude, friendliness Susan Perry

and expertise in the field of sonography. She

is viewed to be organized and enthusiastic

in the classroom. Susan works closely with

area sonographers, hospital administrators

and the sonography advisory committee to

design quality educational experiences for

the program students. She is a valued member

of the Medical Imaging Team.

Due to the efforts of Susan, Philips Medical

Systems donated a state-of-the-art HIDI

5000 broadband technology system with

transducers, printer and VCR valued

at $85,000. This equipment allows for

improved visualization of human anatomy.

Student demonstration of competency in

optimally imaging anatomical structures is

fundamental to the student sonographer. With

this equipment, Owens sonography students

will have the opportunity to learn transducer

technology and function in the college lab

prior to demonstrating competency in the

clinical education centers. The faculty and

staff of the Medical Imaging Department

are grateful to Philips for their generosity

and support of the Diagnostic Medical

Sonography Program sponsored by Owens

Community College.

Pearl Manion, Clinical Teaching Associate,

Nursing Department, was inducted into

the Zeta Theta-at-Large Chapter, Sigma

Theta Tau International Honor Society for

Nursing at the University of Toledo Health

Science Campus. The honor society provides

leadership and scholarship in practice,

education and research to enhance the health

of all people.

B a r b a r a M i l l e r ,

Clinical Teaching

Associate, Nursing

Department, received

her Master of Science

Nursing degree in

October 2006 from the

University of Phoenix.

Cindy Hall, Chair,

Nursing Department,

was appointed by

the NLNAC as an

ambassador for the

Nursing Department as

well as being appointed

to the Awards Task

Force for N-OADN.

Barbara Miller

Cindy Hall

Elizabeth Martin, Clinical Teaching

Associate, Nursing Department was inducted

into the Zeta Theta-at-Large Chapter; Sigma

Theta Tau International Honor Society

for Nursing at the University of Toledo

Health Science Campus. Membership is

by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate

nursing students who demonstrate excellence

in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting

exceptional achievements in nursing.

Bonnie Hemp, Chair,

Health Information

T e c h n o l o g i e s

Department, received

the 2007 Ohio

Health Information

M a n a g e m e n t

A s s o c i a t i o n ’ s

(OHIMA) Professional

Achievement Award. Bonnie Hemp

Her hard work and dedication to the

HIM profession is reflected by this

prestigious recognition.

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Faculty/Staff Successes

Marilyn Gilroy: Adjunct Faculty Member

O t h e r J o b t h a n

Owens? My fulltime

job is enjoying

r e t i r e m e n t . I ’ v e

been retired since

2 0 0 2 ( f r o m w h a t

was known as Lima

Technical College).

W h e n O w e n s

Marilyn Gilroy advertised for parttime

dietetic faculty, I applied because I

wasn’t quit ready to give up students.

Classes taught at Owens? I teach in two

programs. For Dietetic Technology, I teach

DTT 130, Food Production and Preparation

and the management course, DDT 232,

Foodservice Systems Management. For the

HRI/CAP, I teach HRI 225, Nutrition and

Food, and HRI 226, Menu Development.

Favorite Food? What an interesting question

for a person who has been involved with food

her entire life. I like all food, especially if it is

well-prepared and presented in an attractive

manner. There isn’t anything I won’t eat, but

given a choice, I will always choose meatloaf

and scalloped potatoes.

Favorite movie? My all time favorite is, “A

Christmas Story.” I never tire of watching

that movie. I think it helps that I grew up on

the west side of Cleveland where the movie

was shot and remember the Christmas parade

in downtown Cleveland, the Higbee’s Santa,

the animated store windows at Christmas, a

coal furnace with “clunkers,” etc. I relate to

that story on so many levels and truly enjoy

its gentle humor.

Favorite Season? I absolutely love summer.

I spend most of the summer on Catawba

Island on Lake Erie. There is nothing more

relaxing than reading a good book on the

shores of Lake Erie or watching a beautiful

sunset over the lake.

Favorite Quote? My favorite quote is an

Amish quote: “Let your life speak.” That

quote really says it all about how a person

should live life.

Alumni Accomplishments

Susan Conway (Nursing ’90) works for St.

Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She resides

in Toledo.

Nadine (Ames) Dlugas (Nursing ‘96) works

at The Toledo Hospital as the Patient Care

Supervisor for 6 North and was nominated

for the Excellence in Nursing Leadership

Award as Patient Care Supervisor in May

2006 at The Toledo Hospital. She graduated

from BGSU in 2005 with a BSN.

Shirlie DeShetler (Nursing ’89) works for

Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She lives in

Oregon, Ohio.

Jo-Ann (Dunne) El-Tatawy (Nursing ’06)

works for ProMedica. She lives in Toledo.

Joanne Floyd (Nursing ’81) works for The

University of Toledo Health Science Campus.

She resides in Maumee, Ohio.

Amelia (Miller) Fradette (Nursing ’00)

works for Toledo Children’s Hospital. She

lives in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Evelyn (Gill) Grove (Radiography ’97) is an

Assistant Professor / Clinical Coordinator at

Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville,

Ill. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree

from Southern Illinois University. Evelyn

resides in Ofallon, Ill.

Valerie Josephson (Dietetic ’06) started

her Dietetic Tech position at The Ohio

State University Medical Center soon after

graduating last May.

Sue (Spurgeon) Hess (Physical Therapist

Assistant ’96) works as a Physical Therapist

Assistant for Toledo Public Schools. She

resides in Maumee, Ohio.

Lisa Rashleigh (Nursing ’06) works as

an RN at Mercy Memorial Hospital in

Monroe, Mich.

Andrea Rimer (Nursing ’06) is currently

working for Wood County Hospital. She lives

in Findlay, Ohio.

Stacy Rosenbalm (Nursing ’91) works as

a Patient Care Supervisor for The Toledo

Hospital. She resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Kelly Card-Schult (Hospitality Management

’90) works as an Account Representative at

Owens Community College. She resides in

Genoa, Ohio.

Nilgun (Cendere) Sezginis (Health

Information Management Systems ’04)

graduated last May from Franklin University

with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare

Management. She works at the University of

Toledo’s Medical Center as a Documentation

Improvement Specialist and at Owens

Community College as Adjunct Faculty. She

lives in Northwood, Ohio.

Nicole Steele (Nursing ’99) works for

Heartland Homecare and Hospice. She lives

in Toledo, Ohio.

David Yost (Nursing ’90) works as a Clinical

Systems Project Manager for Catholic

Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, one of

the largest not-for-profit health systems

in the United States and the largest in Ohio.

David is responsible for implementation of

new web-based reporting and performance

management software solutions across

CHP’s 29 acute care hospitals and its

many organizations. He also servesas a

clinical nursing instructor at James A. Rhodes

State College in Lima. David resides in Fostoria,


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Alumni Accomplishments

Nurses Pinning Ceremony

Robert Rybka

R o b e r t R y b k a

(Nursing ’06) gave

a n i n s p i r a t i o n a l

speech at the Nurses’

Pinning Ceremony

o n D e c e m b e r 9 ,

2006. Robert now

works as a nurse

i n t e r n a t Wo o d

County Hospital.

I cannot play basketball, I cannot jump

high, I cannot put a basketball through

a hoop consistently from 30 feet away,

I cannot dribble equally well with both

hands, but I can critically analyze the BUN

and Creatine on a fresh post-op hip patient

with questionale glomerular filtration.

I cannot hit a 90-mile-an-hour fastball.

I cannot catch a routine fly ball to

right field without ruining my pants.

I cannot steal second base on a botched hit

and run, but I can determine the significant

of an inverted T-wave in diagnoses of nonfull

thickness myocardial infarction.

I cannot outrun the nickel defense.

I cannot cut crisp routes in a hitch pattern.

I cannot throw a 60-yard bomb in the last

seconds of the fourth quarter to win the

divisional championship. I cannot block

a 350-lb. Lineman with anger in his

eyes as he uses the swim move to blow

by me and sack the quarterback, but I

can assess fundal height in reference

to standard post-partum involution.

I cannot drop a fade with backspin on a

soft green on a windy day. I cannot hit the

60-foot putt against the grain with left and

right break. I cannot hit a long straight drive

in a clutch situation. I cannot avoid water

hazards to save my life, but I can perform

adequate compressions in the proper

ratio to respirations and discuss the

advantages of early defibrillation in

preventing hypoxic cell death in the hopes

of saving someone else’s.

I cannot be a professional athlete. I do not have

the correct build. I do not have the muscular

condition. I do not have many things it would

take to be the hero that so many younger men

think of when they decide what they want to

be when they grow up. I never though about

being a nurse my enter life; the thought never

crossed my mind. I wonder how many men

would rather have the skill of Tiger Woods or

Peyton Manning or LeBron James. I wonder

how many men, when you say the word

“hero” would think of a slightly overweight

5’9” guy with a knack for wet-to-dry dressing


I wonder how many men, when they wake up

in the morning say to themselves, “I really

can’t wait to see if that necrotic ulcer on the

leg of 254 bed 2 is adequately debriding, or if

that rude vascular consult ever answered his

8th page that day.” I realize I’m not going to

get “chicks” like the professional athlete with

conversation of my work while eating dinner.

It only two such conversations for me to learn

that lesson. I’m afraid my job won’t offer me

many benefits of the traditional heroes in life.

But I have an advantage.

When I wake in the morning for the rest

of my life, I will know that I am going to

affect someone that day. I will be entering

into a stranger’s life and convince him that

my career choice is a noble one. I will be

afforded the opportunity to help preserve

the lives of countless people who I have

never met before the day that I meet them.

I will be allowed to meet the people I affect.

I will be able to touch them, talk to them, see

them and yes for better or worse, smell them.

I will be able to make contact with my

audience in a way no professional athlete ever

could. I will be able to eat “lunch” at 3 a.m.

only after I have that hour-long conversation

with the man with pneumonia in 302 about

the time he thought he would never see his

children again when he got shot down over

Okinawa so many years ago. I’ll be able to

punch out moments after I tell the woman

that her “unresponsive” post CVA husband

just called me a jerk and asked where his

wife was. I’m sure she may cry, but it won’t

be because he called me a jerk. I may get a

hug; sure it’s not a trophy. I may get a thank

you card; sure it’s not a Super Bowl ring.

I may not get a lot of things a professional

athlete may get. I may not be anyone’s hero.

But what I cannot wait for is the rest of my

life when I’ll be able to lay awake in bed at

night worrying whether I forgot anything that

day at work because we got seven admissions

to the floor in five hours. I’ll be able to go

to sleep that night knowing that this family

of people I never met before in my life has

the confidence that their loved one will be

perfectly fine as long as they are with me

for the night. This is something even a hero

cannot do.

Robert Rybka

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Alumni Accomplishments

Alumni Profile: Regina Woodson

Regina Woodson

Regina Woodson, a 2005 Owens Community College

alumni and 1995 Woodward High School graduate,

always thought that she’d be a teacher.

“I like helping people learn,” she said. “I’ve always

been a very positive person, and I was really convinced

that one day I’d be a teacher.”

Life can take interesting turns.

While working as a nursing assistant in 1997, a patient

told Regina that she’d be a wonderful nurse due to her

positive attitude and constant smile. Years later, she

became a medical assistant and was reminded again of

what that patient had said to her so long ago.

Regina, inspired by that patient, decided to enroll in

a nursing program at a local university in 2001. One

semester later, she enrolled instead at Owens.

“The four-year university was too large, and I felt like

I was just a number,” she said. “I had heard about the

small class sizes and personal attention at Owens so I

thought I would check it out.”

She added, “Once I got to Owens, I was overwhelmed

by the support. I felt like I could do anything. I received

so much personal attention. Instructors knew who I

was and I could go to them with any questions or

concerns I had.”

Regina graduated from Owens Community College in

December 2005 with an Associate Degree in registered

nursing. In August 2006, she registered at a small area

four-year university to continue her journey and obtain

a bachelor’s degree in registered nursing.

In addition to being a part-time student, Regina works at

Med1Care in Perrysburg as an R.N. There, she spends

most of her time caring for and accessing Mental

Retardation Developmental Disabilities (MRDD)


Regina, whose long-term plan includes obtaining her

master’s degree in registered nursing and someday

opening an educational clinic that would cater to young

women, appreciates the many opportunities an Owens

education has provided.

“My time at Owens was so amazing,” she said. “I think

I will always feel like Owens is behind me, pushing me

to do my best. There’s almost no way for you not to

succeed at Owens. I believe in Owens so much. I would

shout it from the rooftops.”

Regina’s hobbies include reading and volunteering. She

is involved with HeadStart and hopes to also volunteer

with Polly Fox Academy in the near future. Regina

resides in Toledo with her husband, Troy Sr., and their

four children, Troy Jr. (11), Diamond (8), Antonio (7)

and Breanna (6).

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Owens Community College Alumni Association

The Owens Community College Alumni

Association’s mission is to engage alumni and

students in programs, events and services that

energize interest, build loyalty and strengthen

support of Owens Community College.

The foundation of any strong organization

begins with its people. The Alumni Association’s

focus on leadership recruitment has resulted in

a Board of Directors of seasoned professionals

to recent graduates. Their role is to direct and

shape the Association and its activities. The sum

total of our 17-member board equals more than

350 years of experience and knowledge. The

Association’s annual plan blends community

service projects, fun activities and events with

networking opportunities and recognition

programs. For example, on April 27, 2007, we

will sponsor our fourth annual Outstanding

Service Awards event to honor police, fire

and emergency responders who go above and

beyond the call of duty.

The Association also recognizes the importance

of giving back to our community by proudly

sponsoring the Backpack to the Future

service project, where backpacks and school

supplies are matched with kindergarten-aged

students, needing a helping hand, at area

schools. Additionally, we established the

Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund

to award scholarship dollars to our alumni’s

children. Moreover, our members had lots of

fun during the winter ski trip last February, and

the upcoming Golf Classic, Mud Hens night

and whitewater rafting trip are promising to be

even more fun. And that is just the beginning of

what our Alumni Association has in store!

For more information on Alumni activities or to

join, call Laura Moore at (567) 661-7410, e-mail

alumni@owens.edu or visit www.owens.edu.

We welcome Alumni news! Where are you? What are you doing?

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