The John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences and the Mylan School of Pharmacy have forged a student affiliation agreement with Heritage Valley Health System.
The affiliation is designed to promote collaboration in clinical care, research and medical education. “This is a great step forward in establishing quality clinical education opportunities for our students,” said Provost Dr. Timothy Austin. “Heritage Valley is our first ‘preferred partner’ of this kind.”
Heritage Valley Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Norm Mitry added, “We are honored and pleased to have this preferred relationship with such a highly respected University and see this affiliation benefiting both organizations. For those students involved, they will gain ‘hands on’ practical experience to complement their classroom studies.”
Students studying physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language-pathology will be placed at inpatient acute areas at Heritage Valley’s two hospital campuses—Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver—as well as at several Heritage Valley Rehab outpatient locations.
“Our agreement was tailored to the needs of students and the attributes of the Heritage Valley Health System,” said Dr. Greg Frazer, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “This agreement and the collaborative teaching that goes on are critically important to these students’ educational experience. From a quality point of view, the collaboration is overseen by the credentialing bodies over health sciences and pharmacy education.”
Through the agreement, pharmacy students will have the opportunity to learn a broad spectrum of skills and competencies while at the pharmacies located inside Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley, including dispensing of medications, pharmacy management, drug information and patient-focused care.
Heritage Valley Health System is an integrated delivery network that provides comprehensive health care to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.