Mercy College Adjunct Faculty Member Recognized for Volunteerism
Beth Colon, COT was recognized as the 2015 recipient of the Virginia S. Boyce Humanitarian Award by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Education and Research Foundation. The Virginia S. Boyce Humanitarian Award was established in 2000 in honor of Virginia Boyce, CEO of Prevent Blindness from 1972 to 1982, who gave eighteen combined years of devoted volunteer service to JCAHPO and the Foundation.
Beth was selected as the 2015 Boyce Award recipient in recognition of her many years of volunteerism. She has worked hard to support eye care technicians locally and also served with enthusiasm in Latin America. She has been a long time member of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology and served in leadership roles in Cleveland Ophthalmic Personnel Society. Beth has participated in eight mission trips to El Salvador to provide eye care to villagers in remote areas. She also spent a month in Guatemala working with a local orphanage.
We are proud to call Beth a member of the Mercy College of Ohio family.
Free Eye Exams Offered by Mercy College in Association with Prevent Blindness
The Mercy College Ophthalmic Technology Program hosted free, comprehensive professional eye exams on November 24, 2015. The evening clinic was organized by Michelle Lee, COA, Adjunct Lab Instructor, and Shayna Knack, Prevent Blindness NW OH Chapter Manager, to help fulfill the need for vision screenings in the area. Some individuals receiving exams were scheduled in coordination with the Toledo Public Schools Head Start Program.
The annual clinic took place on the Mercy College Toledo campus in the Ophthalmic Lab. Ms. Knack was assisted at the registration desk by Donna Campbell, COMT, OSA, Ophthalmic Technology Program Lead. Mercy College Ophthalmic Technology students performed patient history-taking and vision assessments, and assisted a licensed Optometrist during the examinations. Program faculty supervising the students were Ms. Lee and Crystal Stanfa, COT, Lab Assistant. Tia Tucker, OD, (Eye Institute of Northwestern Ohio) once again generously donated her time to assess patients and prescribe the appropriate vision correction prescription.
Eligible patients requiring a prescription were presented with a Prevent Blindness eyeglass voucher immediately following their exam. Vouchers are redeemable for new frames and lenses at local optical shops within the next month.
Youngstown Campus Nursing Students Give to Those in Need
Mercy College Youngstown Campus Nursing students partnered with Mc Donald High School Art Club to collect money, toys, books, art supplies, and gift cards for the needy in their local community. The success of this drive provided for the following: money towards Christmas Eve dinner & gifts for children on the Akron Main Campus 5600 Oncology Unit; several boxes of art supplies to be used for art therapy were given to Akron Children's Boardman & Main Campus, the Mahoning County Rescue Mission Family Services, Sojourner House, Mercy Health Youngstown Pediatric Clinic, Akron Children’s SANE department; and a Children's Crafty Christmas Tree to be submitted in the Mercy Health Youngstown Festival of Trees fundraiser for employees in need. Their efforts show that the students are truly living our mission by caring for their community.
Mercy College of Ohio Student Published in ASRT Journal
Lindsey Gutierrez, R.T. (R)(CT), a student in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging program at Mercy College of Ohio, was recently published in the ASRT’s Radiation Therapist, Volume 24, Number 2. Her article titled, “When Mom or Dad Have Cancer: Helping Kids Cope” originated from a course project experience in the Medical Imaging program.
Faculty Member CCRN Certified for 35 Years
Deborah Zajac, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE, Assistant ASN Program Chair and Associate Professor at Mercy College of Ohio’s Youngstown location has been certified as a CCRN for 35 years. CCRN® is a registered service mark of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation and denotes certification in acute/critical care nursing as granted by AACN Certification Corporation.
CCRN certification validates knowledge of nursing care of acutely/critically ill patients to hospital administrators, peers, and patients. CCRN certification promotes continuing excellence in the critical care nursing field. Research studies link higher levels of clinical knowledge, skill and experience with CCRN certification.
Mercy College of Ohio is proud of Professor Zajac and her dedication to advanced clinical knowledge and lifelong learning.