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Lean initiative serves dual purpose on campus

Six Sigma

Six Sigma

HPA instructor Anna Franklin, center, is the project coach and mentor for students Michelle Le, right, and Elyse Brokaw, left, on the Lean Six Sigma project to improve a process on campus.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Sarah Schaub

A student-led “Lean” project is helping streamline campus operations at WSU Health Sciences Spokane while preparing graduate students for leadership roles in health care management.

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Mark Mansfield leading University District’s transformation

Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield

Photo credit: Dean Davis

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Kevin Dudley

What’s next for Spokane’s University District? Will it be the hub of innovation, collaboration and higher education for the region?

Mark Mansfield envisions it will.

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Pharmacy students continue tradition of national leadership

Pharmacy students

Pharmacy students

WSU student pharmacists at the Midyear American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists convention in Anaheim, CA.

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Lori Maricle

Leadership opportunities are built into the doctor of pharmacy program at WSU Spokane, some on campus in one of many pharmacy organizations, and others in the national arena where faculty have roles and contacts.

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Great expectations

Highway Sign

Highway Sign

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Doug Nadvornick

When Elson Floyd envisioned a Washington State University medical school, he had big dreams.

He spoke about training more doctors in Washington to alleviate the state’s physician shortage and about using WSU’s stature as the state’s land-grant university to extend the new school’s influence into every county.

Nearly a year after his passing as the new school that now bears Floyd’s name is in the process of being created, the expectations are high. Prospective students are contacting the school to find out when they can apply. Several of Washington’s health care providers have signed agreements to teach WSU medical students in clinical rotations. And Founding Dean John Tomkowiak, M.D., is leading the effort to give the state’s newest publicly-funded medical school its own unique identity.

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WSU nursing grad: ‘You always remember your first code’

Ashley Ormsby Nurse

Ashley Ormsby Nurse

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Alli Benjamin

Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above)  a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.

“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said.  After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.

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