Heritage Valley Health System and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) announced today that the Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing will be transitioning its students into the existing Associate’s Degree program at CCBC starting in August.  The school, which opened in 1916 on the Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital campus and is now located in MoonTownship, has graduated more than 2,200 nurses.

 “The impact and reputation of the Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing on the region has been significant and unquestionable.  Over the years, the School graduated thousands of nurses who have worked in HeritageValley facilities as well as in other hospitals and health systems in our region and beyond,” said Linda Homyk, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Heritage Valley Sewickley.  “However, with demands for advanced curriculum requirements for students and the support needed for today’s non- traditional students, consolidation into an established associate’s degree program became a logical step for us to take.”

“We are honored to welcome the Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing students to our program on our campus,” said Joe Forrester, Ed.D., President of Community College of Beaver County.  “CCBC will ensure that current and all future nursing students receive the highest quality education to prepare them for their future roles or their continued education in nursing and allied health.”

CCBC’s Nursing and Allied Health Division offers an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that includes general education in addition to nursing courses.  Students receive clinical laboratory experience in a variety of hospitals and health-related agencies in the Beaver, Allegheny, and Lawrence County areas as part of each of the nursing courses. 

“CCBC graduates participate with other members of the health team in planning and delivering safe care in a variety of healthcare settings.  With work experience and on-going education, graduates develop the ability to assume responsibility as well as administer and direct the care of a group of patients. Graduates possess the foundation to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing,” said Linda Gallagher, Associate Vice President for Assessment and Director of Nursing and Allied Health at CCBC.

The transition extends Heritage Valley Health System’s longtime working relationship with Community College of Beaver County.  In 2007, Heritage Valley Health System successfully consolidated its radiology school into CCBC’s Radiologic Technology program.  The program offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science and provides both classroom and clinical instruction in anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, medical terminology, positioning of patients, medical ethics, radiobiology, pathology, and digital imaging.

“Heritage Valley Health System is proud to have provided quality education through the School of Nursing for nearly 100 years,” said Norm Mitry, President and CEO of Heritage Valley Health System.  “However, in addition to the challenges faced by increasing requirements of nursing education, our health system must remain focused on our core mission to improve the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve.”

“The current state and future changes in health care necessitate Heritage Valley’s consolidation of the program with CCBC’s existing Associate Degree in Nursing,” added Mr. Mitry. “This decision keeps much needed nursing education and training in the community while enabling Heritage Valley to operationally balance our highest priorities – high quality, accessible care for the community now and well into the future.”

About Heritage Valley Health System

HeritageValley Health System is a $470+ million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 4,000 employees and more than 450 physicians, HeritageValley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 72 physician offices; and 14 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.