January 23, 2013
Story by Joe Vinduska
Photo by Brandon Steinert
Video by Julie Munden
Barton Community College offers amazing career training programs in a multitude of fields, but these successful programs have been enhanced greatly due to partnerships the college has established within the workforce. A shining example of one these mutually beneficial relationships, is with St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center since the college opened in 1969. Barton presented the Partnership in Education award to St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center at a celebration luncheon and award ceremony last Thursday on the Barton campus.
Starting in 1966, the college teamed up with what was then known as the Dominican School of Nursing and decided a nursing curriculum would be established at Barton once it opened. Sister Mary Ann Klein, who worked at the Dominican School of Nursing, became the first Director of Nursing at Barton and the relationship has grown from that first connection so many years ago.
Barton’s partnership with St. Rose has flourished and provided real-world work experiences for Barton students and other mentoring opportunities from industry professionals who carry with them a wealth of priceless, real-world knowledge.
Barton’s Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Dr. Kathy Kottas said the partnership with St. Rose has been invaluable.
“They have been an excellent partner, in every sense of the word, ever since our program started,” she said. “From supporting us as a clinical site, to providing us with supplies, they have really been an excellent partner in so many different ways.”
St. Rose Executive Director of Business Development, Strategy and Foundation Mark Mingenback said they were honored to receive the award.
“It was absolutely a big surprise to us,” he said. “Whenever you win an award, it’s humbling, and it was humbling to us, but at the same time it was very exciting that Barton selected us, and we appreciate it.”
St. Rose serves as a clinical site for many healthcare programs at Barton. Recently, St. Rose converted from a full service hospital to an ambulatory surgery center and donated many pieces of equipment to Barton’s healthcare programs for training purposes.
The facility was also recently integrated into Centura Health of Denver, Colorado and as part of this transition, they are now part of the largest healthcare network in Colorado. Under this new direction, St. Rose will still remain a strong partner with Barton Community College.
St. Rose CEO Leanne Irsik said the integration into Centura Health is a great step for the partnership as well as the community.
“We’ve always had a mission and a ministry to provide healthcare in communities, but I think one of the things that we’re really looking forward to with Centura Health is a very strong focus in improving the health of communities and helping people ensure that they stay at the healthy part of their life for longer … and working with education is a key piece of that,” she said.
(St. Rose CEO, Leanne Irsik (left-center) accepts a cougar statue to recognize their Partnership in Education award from Barton’s Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Dr. Kathy Kottas. Also pictured (from left), Barton’s Vice President Penny Quinn, Dean of Workforce Training Elaine Simmons and Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek.)