It was at the 50th anniversary celebration of Lebanon Community Hospital in 2002, that local celebrants received the good news: the hospital, by now named Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital (SLCH), would be the home of a new Health Career and Training Center (HCTC). The Lebanon hospital’s foundation would provide $250,000 seed money, and Samaritan Health Services (SHS) would work with Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) to provide the physical space and classroom training.
In just one year, the dream was a reality. Samaritan Health Services designed and built classroom space adjoining Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. SHS also provided equipment, professional mentoring and nursing assistant instruction. Linn-Benton Community College designed curricula for in-demand health careers and provided instructors and programs. And residents from communities in Linn and Benton counties and beyond clamored to become students in this innovative joint venture.
Phase one of the Health Career and Training Center project was completed in 2003. It included an internal remodel of the hospital to allow the creation of a clinical skills lab with mock patient units, complete with sinks and storage space for training. The remodel enabled phlebotomy, sterile processing, pharmacy tech and nursing assistant courses to be relocated to SLCH.
Also as part of phase one, the Health Career and Training Center completed the building of new space for Linn Benton Community College's (LBCC) diagnostic imaging program – only the third such program in the entire state. The program began its first class, with 25 students, in June 2003. Students train in energized rooms, allowing them to take real x-rays. In fact, the rooms are so well equipped that they can be used for actual clinical cases in case of emergency. Students also have access to “phantoms,” such as mock forearms with hands attached and other simulated body parts, to give them life-like training experience.
The diagnostic imaging training is an intensive 22-month program, which includes both classroom and clinical-site work. Graduates of this program receive education that prepares them to apply for and successfully complete the national ARRT certification examination.
Phase two of the project, completed in 2005, added six classrooms, a simulation lab and advanced technological equipment and resources. The space can accommodate diverse and changing training needs—from local high school classes, to college courses and continuing education for Samaritan Health Services staff. Community groups and businesses are also able to utilize the space for conferences and large or small-scale meetings.
"The training center has been a key component in workforce development for SHS," said Nancy Klinsky, director of Professional Development. "The growing availability of health career training opportunities for our communities through the partnership with Linn Benton Community College has proven to be a great success," Klinsky added.
To inquire about, or to register for classes offered at the HCTC, contact LBCC at (541) 917-4811, or go to www.linnbenton.edu.