MONROE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As newly insured patients enter the U.S. healthcare system, well-trained allied health professionals will assume an increasingly critical role in the delivery of care to their communities. Students in the Medical Sonography program at South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) in Monroe, North Carolina, will now hone their skills on an advanced new MyLab Twice ultrasound system from Esaote.
“Using the rubric, we discussed the students’ likes and dislikes about the equipment and companies they saw, and Esaote came out on top”
Community College Challenges
Community colleges train many of the allied health professionals in the U.S., but are often saddled with old or borrowed equipment that lacks the quality and features students will be exposed to after graduation. As the Dean of Allied Health at South Piedmont, with the only general sonography program in a 200-mile radius, Alice Bradley faced a dilemma familiar to educators around the country. How could she train her students on the skill sets they need to be successful without access to the latest technology?
“If you walk into any tertiary care facility or ancillary imaging center in the greater Charlotte area and surrounding counties, you’re going to see an SPCC graduate,” said Bradley. “We typically have 200 to 300 students apply every year for admission into our Medical Sonography program, and we have capacity to take up to 16, so the program is very competitive. We want our graduating students to elevate the standard of care in the community, and you can’t do that without state-of-the-art equipment.”
Engaging The Students
Concerned about improving the skill sets of her students, Bradley and the college’s financial team worked toward the goal of procuring a new system for the program. When she learned funding might become available, she engaged the students by sending them to a meeting of the North Carolina Ultrasound Society to fill out a rubric that helped in the evaluation process.
“Using the rubric, we discussed the students’ likes and dislikes about the equipment and companies they saw, and Esaote came out on top,” said Bradley. “I had been impressed with Esaote and their equipment when I met with them earlier, and the students’ rubrics confirmed our decision.”
The team selected Esaote’s MyLab Twice for its unique technology and excellent image quality. MyLab Twice combines traditional console ultrasound with a tablet-based point-of-care unit, all in one system. “There are so many things the MyLab Twice has going for it,” said Bradley. “It’s state-of-the-art. It’s two systems in one, and the tablet unit is just as strong as the bigger platform.”
“Esaote understood our needs and helped us work through our financial challenges, so we now own a new ultrasound system for the first time in our history,” Bradley said.
Serving The Community
Administration, staff, students, and ultimately the community will reap the benefits that MyLab Twice provides.
“Bringing this equipment to the college required a true team effort and a creative approach,” said South Piedmont President Dr. Stan Sidor. “Our Medical Sonography students will obviously benefit from having such a sophisticated diagnostic tool on campus, but so will the communities they serve as healthcare professionals.”
The broad range of ultrasound applications on the MyLab Twice will enable Bradley to expand the skills taught by the college. “We’ll be expanding into cardiovascular and musculoskeletal ultrasound credentialing,” she said. “With Esaote’s help, we are well positioned to serve the students in our program and also provide additional retraining for existing sonographers in our area.”
“Ultrasound is a tremendously cost effective diagnostic tool,” said Gordon Parhar, General Manager of Esaote North America. “We’re proud to partner with South Piedmont to provide their students access to the advanced imaging techniques so critical in today’s healthcare environment.”
About South Piedmont Community College
South Piedmont Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Courses earned with an Associate in Arts degree (AA), an Associate in Science degree (AS) or an Associate of Fine Arts degree (AFA) are transferable to the 16 public universities in North Carolina via an articulation agreement between the N.C. Community College System and the University of North Carolina.
About Esaote North America, Inc.
Esaote North America, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a leading provider of multi-disciplinary ultrasound and musculoskeletal MRI systems. Established in 1979, Esaote North America is part of Esaote S.p.A., a global leader in the research, production and marketing of diagnostic medical equipment. Esaote is among the largest manufacturers of ultrasound systems worldwide and achieves by focusing only on ultrasound and musculoskeletal MRI. For more information, visit www.esaoteusa.com.
MyLab is a registered trademark of Esaote S.p.A.