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Valley Health/Page County’s UPCARE (Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education) Project

22 October 2018


We were in the studio with Ben Dolewski, Operations Manager for Page Memorial Hospital and Tina Switzer, UPCARE Partnership Liaison. We talked about the new program coming to Page County in 2019 thanks to a new partnership between Page Memorial Hospital (Valley Health) clinics and James Madison University School of Nursing.

A grant of $2.7 million was made to the School of Nursing for the newly established UPCARE (Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education) Project. The project, which will focus on training nurses to work in primary care in rural areas, will ensure the availability of resources for more Care Gaps visits, as well as for chronic disease management, pediatric risk assessment, and mental health treatment.

Photo Credit: Valley Health

Photo Caption: Nurse Tina Switzer, MSN, CNL, conducted research on the impact of the Care Gaps program on patients; in the photo above, she presents her findings at Valley Health’s Showcase for Sharing, an interdisciplinary event focused on research conducted by Valley Health staff.


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