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July 26: CareFirst grants $50,000 to Hood's nursing program

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—A not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing health benefit services to customers across the Maryland region granted Hood College $50,000 recently for the advancement of the College’s quickly growing nursing program.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield presented Hood with the ceremonial check July 6 in front of approximately 30 people in the nursing wing of Hood’s Hodson Science and Technology Center. Representatives of Hood College, CareFirst, the State of Maryland and the City of Frederick attended and offered their remarks.

The speakers included Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Andrea Chapdelaine, president of Hood; Carol Snapp, director of Hood’s nursing program; Suzie Smith, director of academic, corporate and foundation relations at Hood; Julie Wagner, vice president for community affairs at CareFirst; Ron Young, Maryland State Senator; Karen Lewis, Maryland State Delegate; and Bud Otis, president of the Frederick County City Council.

“Hood College is deeply grateful to CareFirst for their generous support of our nursing program,” said Chapdelaine. “This grant will greatly enhance our students’ education by providing access to state-of-the-art simulation equipment.”

A portion of the grant money went to SimBaby, a new mannequin that simulates a 6-month-old baby and will be used by nursing students in their pediatric rotation. With this addition, the nursing department now has eight simulation mannequins.

“It’s so much better for nurses to get real experience in a sim lab,” said Wagner. “We really believe in what Hood is doing here in the nursing department.”

Since 2008, CareFirst has invested more than $1 million in educational tools, including patient simulators, which assist clinical teaching and offer an innovative approach to nursing education.

The nursing programs at Hood are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.