KeyBank Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation funded by KeyCorp, supports organizations and programs that aim to prepare individuals for successful futures. Thus, it was a very natural fit for the KeyBank Foundation to award a $25,000 grant to support ongoing education and development efforts at the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing (IGH) at the Rochester Regional Health Learning Center in Irondequoit.
“KeyBank is committed to supporting workforce development initiatives that equip adults with the necessary skills, education and capabilities to meet current and future local employment demands,” says KeyBank Market President James R. Barger. “We are pleased to make this contribution to support continued learning efforts for the nursing program at Rochester Regional.”
Barger, along with KeyBank Communications Manager Matthew Pitts, participated in a check presentation and toured the school’s facility. The tour included demonstrations in the skills lab, an integral part of the school’s program where students practice simulated situations to get comfortable with crucial skills they will need on the job.
“Our students learn everything they’ll need to know for future employment in a safe, supportive environment,” says Gloria Berent, Senior Director for Clinical Education. “The skills lab offers them the chance to practice things like wound care and dressing, blood draws, head-to-toe assessments and other critical job functions that are the basis for determining a patient’s current state and what treatment might be needed. It is hands-on training that makes sure they have the skills they need before they graduate and begin working with actual patients.”
IGH was founded in 1964 as a one-year practical nursing program associated with Rochester General Hospital, and has adapted into a comprehensive 10-month program. IGH was named as one of the 2016 Top 100 Workforce Training programs by the Rochester Business Journal and annually receives high praise from graduates.