Heritage: The Story of St. Mary's Hospital, 1880-1980
By Leo G. Bryne and Sister Alberta Cammack, C.S.J
Chapter II Modern Medical Complex
Assisting physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in maintaining excellence in their fields are the educational programs within the hospital. A Medical Education Program under the direction of Dr. Richard McCarty provides lectures and workshops for the continuing education credits needed by physicians to fulfill requirements necessary to practice in Arizona. The Nursing Education Unit provides the following for nursing personnel: Nursing Orientation, a six-week Medical/Surgical Internship Program for new graduates; a six-week Critical Care Internship Program; and continuing education for all nursing staff to increase knowledge and skills to keep pace with new technologies and methods of treatment. A Refresher Nurse Program is being offered as a community service for those nurses who wish to reenter the work world of hospital nursing. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Classes are conducted for all hospital personnel and for the Medical Staff. Those personnel whose duties directly involve patient care are encouraged to attend nursing education programs.
Included as community projects are the Emergency Paramedic Training Program and L.E.A.P. (Life Evaluation and Achievement Program). Paramedics are trained for the Tucson Fire Department, and Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the private sector ambulance companies. L.E.A.P. is designed to provide early warning of potential health hazards, and results in a more healthful life style. Initially, St. Mary's employees will be screened and given counseling. This service will then be provided for community and industrial groups. This program is a joint venture with St. Joseph's Hospital.
The Medical Photography and Audiovisual Services assist in providing quality educational programs for physicians and staff. Production capabilities utilizing video and slide/cassette formats allow programming which is specific to St. Mary's needs. Now available in the Hospital Medical Library is the computerized MEDLINE Service which provides instant references for medical, health related, and administrative questions. Resource materials, medical and nursing publications are on hand or readily available through inter-hospital loan.
Inservice and orientation programs are offered in the various departments, and employees are encouraged to take advantage of specialized workshops which are offered in their fields. Funds to cover the workshops are available on a rotation and need basis. Spanish, needed in hospital situations, is offered at the hospital through Pima Community College, as are Medical Terminology and Management classes. Clinical training experiences for nursing, physical therapy and respiratory therapy students are provided at St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center under supervision from their schools.
Continue with Chapter III: Contemporary St. Mary's New Technology