OGLESBY — Seattle Sutton, founder of Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating, recently made a $10,000 donation to fund a home health initiative in Illinois Valley Community College’s nursing program.
Sutton’s gift will help pay for a home-like community area in nursing, said IVCC Director of Nursing Julie Hogue.
“With health care trending toward outpatient and home settings, we will transform an area near the nursing labs into a home-type setting to include a living area complete with a twin bed, bedside table and lamp, an armchair and a small table and chairs,” said Hogue.
“Faculty will use the space to teach students how to do one-on-one patient education over that small table, just like they would in a home. Demonstrating proper procedure for giving an insulin injection or transferring a patient to a bed is very different in a home than it is in the clinical setting or lab,” she said.
In addition, Sutton’s gift will allow IVCC to move its mental health curriculum toward a community based application, versus institutional. Other possible uses for the space include prevention screenings, chronic health care, hospice care, transitional care and the ability to determine when it is time for home care to transition into acute care.
In 2014, Sutton donated $10,000 to the program for instructional equipment.
“It is remarkable what Seattle has accomplished as a businesswoman and philanthropist,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “She is a former practicing nurse and nursing instructor and remains a fervent advocate for the profession. Her gift will enhance an already strong program.”