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American National Bank Presents DonationRonnie Moore, Senior Vice President & Regional Executive Officer at American National Bank & Trust Company, recently presented a donation to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Executive Director Dr. Betty H. Adams (pictured left) and Simulation Lab Specialist Cindy Cole accepted the donation on behalf of the SVHEC.

"We are pleased to accept American National Bank's annual donation and are most grateful for their longstanding support," Dr. Adams stated. "Without advocates like American National, the SVHEC could not operate at its full potential. This year's donation will be directed to sustaining the operations of one of the SVHEC's first and most successful signature programs, the Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE)."

“American National recognizes the essential role the SVHEC serves for Halifax County and its surrounding areas, and we are excited that these funds will be used to enhance the Center of Nursing Excellence,” said Moore.


The Center of Nursing Excellence staff honored nursing students and instructors with a breakfast during National Nurse's Week. Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Registered Nursing students were invited to a breakfast in their honor to recognize their hard work and dedication to the field of nursing. The Center of Nursing Excellence and its educational partners hosts classes for all levels of nursing students, as well as continuing education courses for practicing nurses and healthcare professionals.


SVCC second year RN students with instructor Karen Hopkins (front center) and SVHEC Simulation Lab Specialist Cindy Cole (front right).




SVCC second year RN students speaking with SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Betty  Adams during the breakfast. 







CNE Associate Director Ann Switzer (right) and Simulation Lab Specialist Cindy Cole (left) extend greetings to first year RN students during a breakfast held in their honor.



 HRHS Adam Harrell (Emergency Services Coordinator)
watches as a med student practices uses SimBaby
to perform an infant umbilical cord procedure. 
The simulation lab in the Center of Nursing Excellence at The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center was recently put to good use by the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) students currently doing clinical rotations with Halifax Regional Health System.

The students, with guidance from Dr. Lovetta Pugh and Dr. Ed Purvis, Halifax Regional medical staff, as well as staff from both the Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) and Halifax Regional Hospital, participated in five lab rotations during which they practiced numerous clinical skills including central line insertion, power port access, ultrasound, PICC line insertion, chest tube insertion, intubation, baby umbilical artery catheter placement, Foley catheter insertion, tracheotomy change, peripheral IV insertion and animal tissue suturing.

Each station contained a lifelike manikin or model upon which the students could hone their skills.

Ann Switzer

Ann F. Switzer, RN, MSN, has accepted the position of Associate Director for the Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). As Associate Director, Switzer will be responsible for oversight of CNE operations including staffing and budget management, and working with educational and training partners to expand the programs and services available in the Center of Nursing Excellence. The CNE is an initiative of the SVHEC and part of the Workforce Services @ SVHEC division.  

Switzer comes to the CNE from Mecklenburg County Public Schools where she has served as Nursing Director since 2004. Switzer brings a wealth of experience to her new role as CNE Associate Director, including working for more than 10 years as a staff RN with specialty areas in orthopedics, surgical services, renal transplant coordination, and outpatient clinic services. A native of Clarksville, Virginia, Switzer spent 22 years in Florida with successful careers in business and nursing before returning home to Southern Virginia in 2004. “We are thrilled to welcome the return of another Southside ‘star.’ Ann Switzer’s education, experience, and skills are a perfect match for the CNE, one of the SVHEC’s premier signature educational pathway programs,” said SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Betty H. Adams.


 CNE Receives Donation

“Chester Chest” has joined the ranks of educational tools in the Center of Nursing Excellence at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center thanks to the generosity of the Volunteer Auxiliary of Halifax Regional Health System.

The model joins other manikins used to train nursing and medical students. Chester will be used by nursing students to perfect medication administration through peripherally inserted central catheters, implanted ports and central venous catheters. They will also be able to practice sterile technique and dressing changes for the vascular access devices. Medical students will use the model to learn vascular access routes, chemotherapy site access and peripherally inserted central catheter placement.

“Dr. Lovetta Pugh, one of Halifax Regional Hospital’s surgical medical staff, recognized the need for such a tool,” states Jeaux Simmons, coordinator of volunteer services for Halifax Regional Health System, “and approached the auxiliary about purchasing it for the Center of Nursing Excellence. Because one of the auxiliary’s main interests is supporting continuing medical education, the auxiliary board of directors approved of the idea and was pleased to proceed with the purchase.”

“We are looking forward to introducing “Chester” to our students,” states Cindy Cole, nursing simulation lab specialist at the Center of Nursing Excellence. “He is a wonderful addition to the training tools we currently use and we are excited about putting him to work.”