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What Is it?

Throughout the history of both institutions Pocono Medical Center (PMC) and East Stroudsburg University (ESU) have worked together to address the health and social needs of our community and the region because of the natural alignment for collaboration in the educational and service endeavor.

The PMC-ESU Learning Collaborative challenges both institutions to go beyond the traditional educational collaborations and develop a multi-faceted partnership. This new partnership takes the form of a learning collaboration. A Learning Collaborative is defined as --

...a situation in which two or more institutions learn or attempt to learn something together. Unlike individual learning, people engaged in collaborative learning capitalize on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, etc.). More specifically, collaborative learning is based on the model that knowledge can be created within a population where members actively interact by sharing experiences and take on asymmetry roles.

The mission of the PMC-ESU Collaborative, is to create a climate that fosters innovation jointly.

The vision is the creation of a Collaborative in which the institutions work together to look analytically at institutional goals and strategic plans to see how the institutions could engage each other to advance both institutions and better serve our common community and society at large.

How does it work?

The collaborative is facilitated by a Collaboration Steering Team. The team consists of 4 appointed members of the ESU community and 4 appointed members of the PMC community for a total of 8 members, including a facilitator and a facilitator-elect. The steering team serves as the clearing house for new ideas and as generator of new ideas and activities. As any member of each community identify potential collaborative activities they are suggested to the steering group who channel it to appropriate collaborating units at the respective institutions. The steering group can also use the institutions’ strategic plan to generate ideas for future development.

Existing Collaborative Activities

In addition to existing collaboration through internships and clinical placements, ESU and PMC have expanded the collaboration through more in-depth projects.

Community Health Assessment

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU), in partnership with Pocono Medical Center (PMC), completed the second Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of the Poconos in January of 2015. The goal of the CHNA is to assess the overall health status and health needs of the local community, what health care services are actively being used and what actions need to be taken in the future to address these needs. The CHNA used input from the community in order to get a better understanding of the specific health concerns. In order to obtain the community’s input, ESU and PMC launched a household health survey and a smartphone App open to all residents of Monroe County. Through the surveys and the App, residents of the Poconos had the opportunity to provide their views about the health of the region. For more information click here.

Health Coaches Program

An innovative partnership between East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) and Pocono Medical Center (PMC) aims to improve the lives of patients and curb readmissions by training a select group of volunteer students to act as health coaches. The ESU students – many of who are going on to health science careers – visit the patients in their homes to help them follow their doctor’s advice. According to Dr. Jonathan Goldner, “We all know when patients leave the hospital, they want to get out of there, they want to get home and they don’t always hear the instructions very well.” The program has been shown to reduce hospitalization by significant levels. For more information click here.

Nurse Research Position

An ESU nurse faculty is now working half-time as a nursing research coordinator. The positon initiates research and evidence-based practice (EBP) projects with PMC nurses. The coordinator provides education regarding EBP and research, assists with the completion of IRB applications within established timeframe, meets with nursing staff to draft implementation plans, ensures protocol specific supplies are available, educates nursing staff regarding the conduct of clinical trials and participates in training of nurses for protocol specific procedures. The positon is also responsible for carrying out the research projects and reporting out on the results of research projects.

Projects in Development

Decreasing Obesity - PMC is working with faculty from exercise science program to measure the impact of PMC’s obesity prevention programs.

Executive/Clinician in Residences - a program in which clinicians and executives from PMC spend the day at ESU speaking to a variety of classes of senior students in the health sciences.

Nursing Education – Through expanding clinical experiences within PMC, and opportunities for BSN training at ESU.

Institutional Contacts:

Elizabeth Wise, RN, MSN, MBA, DrNP(c), NEA-BC, CENP
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nursing Officer
Pocono Medical Center
(570) 476-3314

Dr. William Bajor
Interim Dean
College of Health Science
East Stroudsburg University
(570) 422-3425