Thibodaux, LA – Fletcher Technical Community College is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 gift from Ochsner Health System. The funds will be used to continue building the program, and Fletcher’s Cardiopulmonary classroom has been renamed. A ceremony was held Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Fletcher’s Thibodaux facility to formally recognize the Ochsner Health System Cardiopulmonary Care Science Program classroom.
The donation and dedication comes on the heels of the announcement that 100% of Fletcher’s 13 Cardiopulmonary program students who graduated this spring have already gained employment. Two of the students, Bekah Crosby and Margo Olivier, are working at Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner. Fletcher students who graduate in a variety of programs have career opportunities across Ochsner Health System in both the Bayou Region and the greater New Orleans area.
“We are so thankful to Ochsner Health System for their generosity in naming the Fletcher Cardiopulmonary classroom,” commented Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor, Fletcher Technical Community College. “Through this donation, the College will continue to train and educate students in this critically needed area of healthcare. We appreciate the generosity of Ochsner and their partnership in our educational offerings.”
“Ochsner is proud to support Fletcher Technical Community College’s growth and programs,” said Timothy Allen, CEO, Ochsner Bayou Region. “Fletcher is dedicated to building a thriving community of healthcare professionals and our partnership ensures that we’re developing a talented and engaged workforce for years to come.”
Cardiopulmonary Care Science prepares individuals to treat patients ranging from premature infants to the elderly with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary illnesses. Graduates of the program work with patients on mechanical ventilation to maintain life support such as oxygenation, ventilation and airway management. They treat patients with pulmonary disease who have under-developed lungs and patients with chronic lung disease. These individuals play a vital role in many areas of health care.
Fletcher Technical Community College’s Cardiopulmonary Care Science Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Check.jpg: Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor for Fletcher, receives a $10,000 donation from Timothy Allen, CEO, Ochsner Bayou Region. Pictured left to right are Dr. Strickland; Jana Semere, CNO Ochsner Health System; W. Chandler LeBoeuf, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement & Fletcher Foundation; Marguerite Knight, Vice Chair of Fletcher Foundation; Fernis LeBlanc, COO Ochsner St. Anne Hospital; and Timothy Allen, CEO, Ochsner Bayou Region.
Ribbon cutting.jpg: Fletcher celebrated the naming of the Ochsner Health System Cardiopulmonary Care Science Program Classroom with a ribbon cutting. Front row, left to right: Timothy Allen, CEO, Ochsner Bayou Region; Jana Semere, CNO Ochsner Health System; Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor, Fletcher; W. Chandler LeBoeuf, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement & Fletcher Foundation at Fletcher; Back row, left to right: Marguerite Knight, Vice Chair of Fletcher Foundation; Fernis LeBlanc, COO Ochsner St. Anne Hospital; and Errol Champagne, Cardiopulmonary Care Assistant Professor/Program Director.