Olathe Medical Center donates patient beds to KCKCC nursing department

Olathe Medical Center recently donated 13 hospital beds to the Kansas City Kansas Community College nursing department. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

A recent donation to the Kansas City Kansas Community College Nursing Department is expected to affect more than 300 students each year in four different programs, while also giving students an opportunity to learn hands-on training.

Olathe Medical Center donated 13 Stryker 2 hospital beds earlier this month to the department.

“The beds are absolutely fabulous, a huge upgrade for us,” said Susan Andersen, interim director of nursing at KCKCC. “The labs look so modern now.”

Through the donation, KCKCC is able to update beds in the Simulation Center, Fundamentals/CNA/LPN/PTA Lab and the Lifespan Lab, where the department has its mother-baby simulations. Andersen said these beds will make it possible for faculty members to familiarize students with the modern bed technology they will encounter in the clinical setting so that they can be better prepared to utilize the equipment and technology. Programs that will benefit from the donation include the Associate Degree in Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant programs.

“After installing new beds at Olathe Medical Center, we were very pleased that the company from which we purchased the beds was able to find this great use for some of the old equipment,” said Mike Jensen, Olathe Health spokesperson. “We are always happy to contribute toward nursing education in any way we can.”

CNA students are currently working with the new beds during the summer session. Andersen said they are “really excited to work with the new technology” as it will help them learn how to use the bed alarm feature to prevent falls and how to weigh a patient while still in the bed.

“These beds help faculty to create very realistic settings for simulated learning experiences for our students,” Andersen said. “They are a huge improvement over what we had in place. It enables us to teach students using the equipment they will actually encounter in the clinical setting.”

The beds that were replaced will be donated to an area charity organization. Individuals largely responsible for the donation include Dee Saggars, vice president of nursing at Olathe Medical Center; Greg Mitchell, supply chain manager at Olathe Medical Center and the KCKCC Buildings and Grounds crews who assisted in coordinating the effort to move the new beds into the building and removing the old beds.

Olathe Medical Center recently donated 13 hospital beds to the Kansas City Kansas Community College nursing department. (KCKCC photo)
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Two finalists selected for KCK schools superintendent

Dr. Jayson Strickland

Dr. Charles Foust

Two finalists have been selected for superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.

They are Dr. Jayson Strickland, deputy superintendent for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools; and Dr. Charles Foust, chief school performance officer for Union County Public Schools, Monroe, North Carolina.

Two meet-and-greet sessions are scheduled for the public and the community to meet the superintendent candidates, one tonight and one on Thursday night.

Ray & Associates Inc., a consulting firm, sent out position announcements to individuals, and May 24 was the deadline for applications, according to Melissa Fears, director of communications with the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. The applications were narrowed to 10 candidates by the consultant.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education viewed the videotaped interviews and then selected the two finalists, Fears said.

The school board will conduct a final interview with each candidate after the public meet-and-greet sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Fears said. The closed executive sessions are scheduled at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, the public may meet Dr. Strickland in the board room at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, the public may meet Dr. Charles Foust in the board room at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

According to KCK school district information, Dr. Strickland is a graduate of Washington High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, a master’s and specialist education degree in educational leadership and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

He became a third-grade teacher in 1993, serving at William Allen White Elementary from 1994 until he became program director for Kidzone, a before-and-after school program from the district.

Dr. Strickland also was principal at Caruthers Elementary School from 2000 to 2005, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the district from 2010 to 2012, and assistant superintendent of secondary schools for the district from 2012 to 2017. He became deputy superintendent in the summer of 2017. He has taught graduate-level courses at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

He oversaw the Diploma-Plus initiative of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, which encourages students to start their post-secondary education while they are in high school.

Dr. Foust, chief school performance officer from Union County Public Schools, previously served as a school support officer for Houston Independent School District, supervising, coaching and mentoring principals and managing programs that improved math and reading, according to information from the KCK district. He managed programs to reduce dropouts, increase graduates and increase effective teachers.

He also has served as a middle school and elementary principal, middle and elementary assistant principal, and high school curriculum facilitator. He has taught at the elementary, university and community college level.

He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s in instructional technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a master’s in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctoral degree in professional leadership from the University of Houston.

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