As the landscape of the American healthcare system continues to change, the profession of physician assistant (PA) has become one of the most in-demand jobs in the nation. Physician Assistants have become a trusted caregiver and often serve as a patient’s primary healthcare provider. With only 200 accredited programs across the nation, the area is fortunate to be served by the Marietta College Physician Assistant program.
The Marietta Community Foundation and the Memorial Health Foundation recently partnered with the PA program to purchase a new ultrasound system for use in their campus facility. This collaborative effort will further provide a more in-depth, quality education for students enrolled in the program and improve access and quality of care for the citizens of Washington County.
“Working together on this project is a win-win for our community,” noted Daneka Hedges, Executive Director of the Memorial Health Foundation. “We strive to help grow a healthier community and this project supports our mission.”
The PA program graduated its first class in 2004. Since then, their contributions to the community have affected thousands of residents. During the course of their 2-year program, students work with physicians from Marietta Health System (MHS), Camden Clark, and Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center. They also complete clinical experiences with providers at the Washington County Free Clinic, Selby (MHS) ER, and the MHS in-patient rehabilitation unit. By the end of the program, students complete over 2,100 clinical hours with area providers. Additionally, almost 70% of every graduating class provides patient care in Ohio and/or the Appalachian region.
“The Foundation is proud to be part of this community collaboration,” said Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Marietta Community Foundation.
“When we all work together, we can make a bigger difference for our area and play a key role in solving community issues.”
The Marietta Community Foundation continues to be an advocate for a strong sense of community. Identifying and supporting community needs such as healthcare through grant cycles, unrestricted funds, and other gifts made to the Foundation help improve the quality of life for residents.