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A program from Columbus State assists Nationwide Children's Hospital employees in building on their nutrition skills.
The Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) division at the college created a customized training program for technicians responsible for mixing patient formulas supplying the calorie intake for infants and older adults.
“I feel good that I’m helping to get them better, as far as nutrition,” said Lanette Wells, a Formula Tech who went through the CSCC program.
The hospital technicians receive training on: formula ratios, calorie mix, sterile handling techniques and inventory controls. The net result is increased nutrition to patients and fewer formula preparation errors.
Nationwide Children’s first contacted CEWD about its Pharmacy Technician program, requesting that similar coursework be developed for the formula industry. The result was a customized, 26-hour formula program delivered by a Columbus State instructor at the hospital site.
“He (the instructor) was really nice. He took his time and worked with you one-on-one if you needed it,” Wells said.
Wells, a mother of three from the South side, started at Nationwide Children’s in the food service area, but moved up through the dietary department and now into the Formula Room. The Columbus State training was another step to help further her career.
The overall importance of nutrition in healthcare moved Cardinal Health to provide a grant to Columbus State to take this customized program to children’s hospitals across the nation as an example of business/education partnerships.
This custom-designed formula program is just the latest in training and education techniques that can be developed and accessed through CEWD. The division provides industry expertise and on-site delivery with all its custom programming. In support of enhancing business performance and upgrading the skills of Central Ohio's workforce, CEWD has a vast array of services that include: talent management, Lean/Six Sigma, Integrated Systems Technologies, leadership and supervisory skills, LEED programming and culture and language training.