Celebration to Mark Renaming of Kennett Center, Launch of LPN to RN Bridge Program

S.HO.W. Mobile to be on display as part of festivities

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A celebration to mark the renaming of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center to Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett and the launching of the LPN to RN Bridge Program at Kennett will be held Nov. 6 at Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 31, 2006 — A celebration to mark the renaming of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center to Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett and the launching of the LPN to RN Bridge Program at Kennett will be held Nov. 6 at Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett, 1230 First Street.

A reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m., with remarks scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The public is invited.        Speaking at the event will be Terry Berry, chairman of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Board of Directors; Dr. Tonya Buttry, president of the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing & Health Science; Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Marsha Blanchard, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett; and a representative from the Missouri Foundation for Health

Three of Southeast Missouri State University’s area higher education centers were designated as regional campuses under a proposal adopted last week by the Southeast Board of Regents. Monday’s events will celebrate the new designation.

Events also will celebrate the launching of a new associate degree Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN) Bridge Program beginning this month at Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett. The program is being offered as a cooperative effort of Southeast Missouri State University and the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Under the partnership, Southeast Missouri State University is providing the general education and science classes, and the College will provide the nursing courses and award the associate of applied science in nursing degree upon completion of the program. Southeast Missouri State University, in partnership with the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences, recently received a $664,379 award from the Missouri Foundation for Health to underwrite start-up costs for the LPN to RN Bridge Program. This is the largest Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) award granted to a Cape Girardeau County recipient since the Foundation began distributing funds. 

As a part of the festivities Monday, Southeast Missouri State University’s new mobile health unit, Southeast Health On Wheels, known as the S.H.O.W. Mobile, will be on display and available for tours. The S.H.O.W. Mobile is a 38-foot mobile health center outfitted with medical equipment thanks to a federally directed earmark supported by the Missouri Congressional delegation. The unit is traveling in the four Bootheel counties of Pemiscot, Dunklin, Mississippi and New Madrid.  Staffed by a family nurse practitioner, registered professional nurse driver and local volunteer healthcare professionals, this mobile health unit is educating residents on health promotion and disease prevention and is providing health and dental services, including care for acute and chronic illnesses to those who have little or no access to services.