Penn State Altoona gets gift for nursing program

An in-kind gift presented to Penn State Altoona by Delta Health Technologies LLC will enable the campus’s nursing students to utilize electronic medical records software designed to document clinical services in a home health environment.

Valued at nearly $300,000, Delta’s gift involves 200 licenses for the Clinical Virtuoso medical software package.

“By employing state-of-the-art clinical services software programs, our students will gain the type of practical experience that accentuates classroom and lab instruction and positions them prominently among candidates for employment in the health care industry,” said Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry

Clinical Virtuoso enables students to record daily tasks, document an initial patient assessment, establish and conduct a care plan, manage ongoing services and chart discharges and transfers in simulated clinical environments.

“We toured high-tech labs in use by the Penn State Altoona Nursing program and decided that we had an opportunity to work together to bring technology to the documentation of the care being simulated,” said Keith R. Crownover, president and CEO of Delta Health Technologies in Altoona.

Suzanne K. Kuhn, coordinator for nursing programs and assistant professor of nursing, said approximately 200 students enrolled in all three of Penn State Altoona’s nursing programs – associate degree, second degree and R.N. to B.S. – will benefit from the software.

Sharon A. Lacue, coordinator of Penn State Altoona’s simulation lab and instructor in nursing, added that the program will enhance students’ documentation skills.