A Helping Hand

Apr 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Advancement

From left: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware Assistant Vice President Darelle Riabov, Wesley College Board of Trustees Bill Willis, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chris Wood, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware President Tim Constantine

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware recently gave a $239,220 BluePrints for the Community Fund grant to Wesley College. The grant will be used for the College’s new health sciences building to be housed at the J. Allen Frear Federal Building in downtown Dover. Wesley College has been awarded this building by the General Services Administration following the decision to decommission it.

The grant money will support three different categories including technology infrastructure, a “Sim Man 3G,” and security for the exterior of the building to ensure a safe learning environment. The technology infrastructure includes wireless Internet, smart boards and other teaching aids in the classrooms, labs and nursing faculty offices. The grant money also will be used to purchase and maintain a “Sim Man 3G” for the nursing lab, an essential state-of-the-art assessment tool used in lab simulations. The anatomically correct “manikin” includes proven software that allows learners to practice emergency treatment of patients.

“We are so thrilled to have this support from Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston. “The outpouring of community support we have received is directly responsible for helping us bring this vision to fruition. The growth of the nursing program will help increase our capacity to teach new health care professionals, significantly increasing the number of baccalaureate and master’s degrees in the field of nursing from Wesley.”

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Blueprints for the Community grant program supports initiatives that address the health care needs of Delaware’s uninsured, underinsured and low-income families in addition to programs that recruit and train health care professionals.

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