Our Stories: Great partners, great nursing care

Building rapport with his patients is “one of the delights of my day,” says Reyi Negron, RN. As a medical/surgical nurse (pictured) at Providence Seaside Hospital, he sees that same rapport between the hospital and his nursing school alma mater, Clatsop Community College in Astoria.

Like Reyi (pronounced “Reggie”), many Providence Seaside nurses have benefited from the local college’s nursing program. The program offers small classes, welcoming faculty, and clinical training partnerships with Providence and other area health facilities.

In the troubled economy of 2011, the highly regarded nursing program faced financial ills. Clatsop Community College was suffering a $1 million revenue shortfall. Providence Seaside Hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria and a private foundation donated a total of $100,000 to help stabilize the nursing program.

“I’m very proud of the nurses who have come through the Clatsop Community College program – they are some of our superstars,” says Krista Farnham, chief executive at Providence Seaside when the donation was made. “They take wonderful care of our community because they are a part of our community.”

“We see Clatsop Community College as a great partner,” Krista says, “and we look forward to working with them in the future.”