Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon

Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at New England Institute of Technology, sits on a swing with Audrey Pavlak in the sensory gym at Sensation Station. Doehler partnered with Randy Fedoruk to bring Sensation Station to Warwick

Great story in the Warwick Beacon about the Newly opened Sensation Station in Warwick, RI, where graduate students will be able to intern.

From the Warwick Beacon:

Sensation Station, a private, family-centered therapy facility specializing in the care of children dealing with learning, social and physical challenges, was welcomed to Warwick by Mayor Scott Avedisian and Congressman Jim Langevin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The facility, located at 535 Centerville Rd., opened on Oct. 14 and will provide specialized individual intervention by occupational therapy, speech pathology and physical therapy professionals for children from birth to 21 years of age. Most of these services are reimbursed through health care insurance. Other one-on-one services include advocacy support with school IEP [Individualized Education Program] development, parent and sibling support, and home environmental assessments.

Owner Randy Fedoruk, a pediatric occupational therapist and associate professor at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) first established Sensation Station in 2010 in Guilford, Conn. Working together with Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at NEIT, Fedoruk brought Sensation Station to Warwick and Rhode Island to help fill the gap left by the closure of the outpatient department at Meeting Street, the main resource for kids with special needs in Rhode Island.

“We were told it was due to finances,” Doehler said of the Meeting Street department closure. “The reimbursement structure makes it challenging to do an outpatient program, so we had to be innovative.”

Doehler said Sensation Station is not driven by a traditional medical model, but rather by a family-centered model.

“The child and family come first,” she said. “Working together with Randy, we had the common belief that when you’re working with kids with special needs, it’s a family affair; it affects everybody.”

Fedoruk said a Parents Advisory Committee was established to assist staff by telling them what needs to focus on and determining which services to run because they are familiar with the day-to-day issues that may arise at home, school or in the community.

According to a press release, “The Parents Advisory Committee meets closely with staff to help meet those unique needs of the entire family and better incorporate the lessons learned at Sensation Station into all meaningful interactions.”

When the outpatient department closed this summer, it left more than 200 families “without high quality resources and few places to turn.”

Doehler said she and Fedoruk loved the therapists at Meeting Street, and since they were out of a job with the department closure, they were hired and brought to Sensation Station.

“We’re happy to do this in Warwick,” Fedoruk said. “We’re here to help kids make connections, learn motor skills and address developmental needs; to meet the needs of social skills and develop physical skills.”

Fedoruk said the facility features a kitchen to help develop living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, a private therapy quiet room, and a gym containing everything from swings and trampolines to a climbing wall.

“We’re still having things shipped in,” he said.

Langevin said the program is an exciting addition to the community and will fill a vital need.

“When Meeting Street closed its outpatient department, it left a void for families and kids; you’re filling that void,” he said, before presenting a citation to the facility. “I’m the proud uncle of a boy with autism, so I understand the benefit to the community. I love the concept of integrative therapy and play. It will be therapeutic and a lot of fun.”

Avedisian said Sensation Station is about appropriate interventions at appropriate times.

“We know what families need and we have the ability to provide that, it’s just a question of getting it all together,” he said. “You’re filling a huge, unmet human need in the community. There will be lots of little voices, activity and noise to show how interventions pay off dividends.”

Fedoruk said Sensation Station is not just about children with delays and learning disabilities, but welcomes all children, who are eligible to join the Kid’s Club.

“The Kid’s Club is facilitated by professional outpatient therapists and is open to all children,” Doehler said. “We hope to service 150 to 200 kids through the Kid’s Club and do it through play.”

Doehler explained that no more than six kids would meet at a time to use the gym space for an hour.

“They can schedule what works for them,” she said.

Doehler said the Kid’s Club does not require insurance or a medical referral, but rather utilizes a monthly membership fee, similar to a health club.

“Parents told us that was a huge deal,” she said.

Doehler said NEIT features both an associate degree and graduate masters degree in occupational therapy. She said graduate students will have the opportunity to intern at the Sensation Station facility.

via Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon.

Susan Pilkington named Nursing Admin Assistant

Susan Pilkington

Susan Pilkington

Susan comes to NEIT with skills she developed working in a wide variety of fields. Most recently, she was the manager of a restaurant, performing both front of house management as well as fiscal duties, hiring, scheduling, and maintaining the website and social media sites. Previous to that position, she worked as a legal secretary. While attending college, she held positions in a variety of offices for the State of Rhode Island, including Rhode Island Department of Transportation in the Audit Section, Director’s Office, Chief Engineer’s Office, Assistant Director’s Office, and Legal Office as well as in the RI Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Unit.  All positions required a wide variety of administrative duties and skills which she will certainly use in her new position at NEIT.

Susan has Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Bryant College.

Respiratory Care Students Become Advocates

Resp Care PhotoNew England Tech Respiratory Care (RC) students recently completed a capstone project focusing on advocating for the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Reimbursement Act – HR 2619. RC students met with Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline and presented their views on the importance of the HR 2619 act.  At the conclusion of each presentation, both Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline agreed to co-sponsor HR 2619.  This capstone project will be submitted as a “Best Practices” model for Respiratory Care advocacy to the American Association of Respiratory Care.

This project was a great example of how these students used the knowledge they gained in the classroom to the betterment of their profession and the treatment of patients.

NEIT’s Nursing Department Educates Health Sciences Professionals

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

The Nursing Department at New England Tech hosted a lecture on September 11, 2014, featuring internationally known nurse educator, Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, who presented her insights on the topic, “Thinking like a Nurse: Bridging the Clinical Judgment Gap”.  Individuals in the health sciences field such as nurses, nurse educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists, along with NEIT faculty and students, had the opportunity to hear Dr. Lasater’s thoughts relating to clinical reasoning when making bedside patient assessments. Dr. Lasater also made a special presentation to NEIT’s nursing faculty which was videotaped for future use for  training nursing faculty. 

Dr. Lasater has served as both an academic nurse educator and a staff development/quality improvement specialist in practice. She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (Postsecondary). Currently, Dr. Lasater is a professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Nursing and served as the University’s Interim Statewide Director of Simulation Learning from 2007 to 2008. She is best known for the creation of the evidence-based Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric, an assessment instrument widely used in simulation as well as clinical settings in academe and practice.  Dr Lasater is a frequent presenter and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on the topics of clinical judgment and the use of simulation in healthcare education. She is Assistant Editor of Nurse Education Today and a regular reviewer for several other journals. In addition, Dr. Lasater has worked on numerous grant projects serving in several capacities.

Special thanks to Dr. Darlene DelPrato, Professor and Nursing Department Chair, for inviting Dr. Lasater to NEIT to share her wealth of knowledge with the health sciences community.

Congratulations to First EHR Grads

(front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey

(front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey

NEIT’s Associate in Science in Electronic Medical Records (EHR) Technology program prepares students to maintain, collect, and analyze patients’ health information data. EHR technicians ensure the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security of health information data, and they regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.  The Electronic Medical Record Technology curriculum combines elements of healthcare, business, and information technology. Students are trained using EHR software applications to maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, disease treatment and outcomes for biomedical statistics.

Electronic Medical Record technicians’ duties vary with the size and scope of the medical facility such as physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, home healthcare services, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, behavioral health facilities, and insurance companies.

The first cohort of Electronic Medical Records Technology students graduated in May, 2014. Congratulations to: (front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey.

The Electronic Medical Record Technology program is a full-time, 6 quarter program that may be completed in as little as 18 months. Graduates may sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) examination administered by the National Health Career Association and the more advanced Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) examination administered by Health IT Certification.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Electronic Medical Record Technology.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Internationally Recognized Nursing Educator, Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, to Speak at New England Institute of Technology

Kathie Laster

Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost, announced the college’s Nursing Department will host a speaking program featuring internationally known Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Dr. Lasater will present her insights on the topic, “Thinking like a Nurse: Bridging the Clinical Judgment Gap”.  Individuals in the health sciences field such as nurse educators, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists, who practice clinical reasoning as it pertains to making bedside patient assessments, are invited to attend. 

Dr. Lasater has served as both an academic nurse educator and a staff development/quality improvement specialist in practice.  She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (Postsecondary). Currently, Dr. Lasater is a professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Nursing and served as the University’s Interim Statewide Director of Simulation Learning from 2007 to 2008. She is best known for the creation of the evidence-based Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric, an assessment instrument widely used in simulation as well as clinical settings in academe and practice.

Dr Lasater is a frequent presenter and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on the topics of clinical judgment and the use of simulation in healthcare education. She is Assistant Editor of Nurse Education Today and a regular reviewer for several other journals.

In addition, Dr. Lasater has worked on numerous grant projects serving as primary investigator for a grant through Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an international nursing honor society, to study inter-professional course evaluation. She served as co-primary investigator on a National League for Nursing (NLN) grant exploring the impact of an expert nurse role model on students’ clinical judgment in simulation, as well as an evaluator for a large Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant educating inter-professional teams in falls prevention among older adults.

This most informative presentation will be held at New England Tech’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd., Room S330. The event is free of charge but space is limited. Please RSVP to Cheryl Booker at 401-780-4345 or cbooker@neit.edu.

Career Services upcoming Career Fairs

8-Tech Career ExpoThese events are NOT open to the public.  They are OPEN to all current students and New England Tech Alumni.

Summer Quarter:

Vet Tech Career Fair:Tuesday, September 16, (week 9) Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Location:Post Rd. Student Lounge

(Open to all current students and alumni for VET)

 

Fall Quarter:

Health Sciences Career Fair: Monday – October 20, (week 3) 9:30 am – 12:00 noon (?)

Location: Tech Way 3rd floor

(Open to all current students and alumni for RC, OTA, MSOT, PTA, NUR, CMA, ST, HIM, HCM)

Congratulations, Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed TTSurgical Technology Professor and Department Chair Lisa S. Reed, CST, RN, MS, CNOR, CPEHR, CPHIT, has been recognized by the Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.). The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) awards this recognition only to those surgical technologists whose professional activities have been devoted to the practice of surgical technology, and who abide by the AST Code of Ethics and standards of practice. Individuals awarded the F.A.S.T. commit and adhere to these ethics and standards of practice.

The F.A.S.T. began in 2006 as an opportunity to recognize surgical technologists who have achieved the highest professional standards. Congratulations to Lisa for her continued commitment to the field of surgical technology.

Careers available for Medical Assistants

Nursing as a career option gets a lot of publicity but it isn’t the only medical field expected to grow significantly in the next 10 years. Careers as a Medical Assistant are also growing at a rapid rate. If you are looking for a career in a medical field but would prefer one with regular/set hours then maybe Medical Assistant is the best option for you.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Clinical Medical Assistant.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

3D-Printing Used to Replicate Human Blood Vessels

Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., have successfully used 3D-printing to replicate human blood vessels.

The experiment marks the first time that synthetic blood vessels were created, according to RT.

Blood vessels are extremely fragile, and are more delicate than anything that has been synthetically bio-printed before.

“Creating artificial blood vessels remains a unique challenge in tissue engineering,” said Ali Khademhosseini, biomedical engineer and project leader. “We’ve attempted to address this challenge by offering a unique strategy for vascularization of hydrogel constructs that combine advances in 3D bio-printing technology and biomaterials.”

“In the future, 3D printing technology may be used to develop transplantable tissues customized to each patient’s needs, or be used outside the body to develop drugs that are safe and effective,” Khademhosseini said.

via 3D-Printing Used to Replicate Human Blood Vessels : Tech : Headlines & Global News.