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Released February 14, 2005


Long Beach– With the help of almost $30,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment, students at The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Nursing on the Gulf Park campus are now able to function in a fully operational skills lab to enhance their learning experience.

Oxy-Care of Gulfport, a highly reputable, long-established home medical equipment company, donated the items to assist with the expansion of Southern Miss' nursing program. Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for nearly 30 years, Oxy-Care recognized the need for more baccalaureate-level nurses to help meet the needs of the health care community and made its commitment to help improve the quality of education nursing students receive.

"We are so grateful to Oxy-Care for their support and gracious donation of medical equipment and medical supplies," said Dr. Mary Coyne, professor and coordinator of the Gulf Park School of Nursing. "It allowed us to revolutionize our skills lab so that it now resembles a hospital environment. Nursing students have immediate access to the same equipment used in hospitals, and they can practice and feel confident before they go into the real world to do procedures on patients."

As a key component in the growth of the nursing program, the skills lab has expanded from four beds to 10 electric and specialty hospital beds. It is equipped with intravenous poles, oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs, nebulizers, patient hydraulic lifts, blood glucose monitors, airway pressure devices, and many types of adjustable canes, walkers, crutches and other items.

"We are delighted to be able to contribute to the nursing profession, particularly at my alma mater," said Ginger Jenner, Oxy-Care's national marketing director. "This equipment donation will help student nurses receive the proper training using new techniques and products in preparation for the real-world environment."

Oxy-Care is a division of Southern Pharmaceutical Corporation headquartered in Columbus, Miss., with 14 branches in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Puerto Rico.

For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, contact development officer Dave Estorge at (288) 214-3282.


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