SUNY Sullivan and Catskill Regional Medical Center sign Agreement to Strengthen Nursing Education in Sullivan County

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SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance (seated right) and Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Schiller (seated left) sign the MOU for a Director of Nursing. Standing from left are: SUNY Sullivan’s Director of Nursing and CRMC Nurse Administrator Laura Northrup, Dr. Keith Pomakoy, SUNY Sullivan’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and Rolland “Boomer” Bojo, CRMC’s Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer.

The leaders of SUNY Sullivan and Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides the college with a Director of Nursing from within the hospital’s nursing administration. SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance and CRMC’s CEO Jonathan Schiller signed the agreement in a ceremony held just outside the college’s Orr Nursing Lab.

The agreement creates a consortium between the college and the hospital, designed to enhance the nursing education programs at both institutions. CRMC is one of the locations where nursing students conduct their required clinical rotations, allowing them to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a hospital setting. The consortium will ensure that nursing graduates possess the knowledge and abilities consistent with the needs of Sullivan County employees, and will also lead to an increase in the number of registered nurses practicing in the county. SUNY Sullivan hopes to double the number of its nursing graduates in two years, from 22 graduates this past May to 44 in 2021. Additionally, strengthening ties with the hospital should result in a higher pass rate the state licensure exams that nurses are required to take.

Laura Northrup, MSN, RN, NE-BC, was introduced as the College’s new Nursing Program Director by Keith Pomakoy, Ph.D., the college’s Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs. Northrup, who serves as CRMC’s Nurse Administrator, began her work at the college on June 1. As Director of Nursing, she is responsible for making sure that SUNY Sullivan’s Nursing Program maintains the quality of instruction and assessment that is required by the New York State Education Department, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) standards and criteria, and the college’s policies and procedures. She will also coordinate the program’s curriculum development, oversee clinical affiliations, and establish articulation agreements with other colleges and universities. She will also remain an employee of CRMC, with SUNY Sullivan subsidizing her salary and the hospital paying her benefits.

Northrup holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Informatics Specialization) from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Syracuse University, and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from SUNY Delhi, and is a candidate for her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University. Additionally, she is a member of the American Nurses Association, is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive by ANCC, and has served as a Practicum Associate for Bachelor’s and Master’s level nursing students at SUNY Delhi, and is the Education Liaison to the Greater Hudson Valley Health System for campus Clinical and Non-clinical Education.

The establishment of this agreement will foster an even stronger relationship between the hospital and the college, one that will assure excellent healthcare in Sullivan County,” said President Quaintance. “This is a new era for us.”

“We are excited about our partnership with SUNY Sullivan,” said CEO Schiller. “The hospital is the ideal environment for our nursing students to absorb the healthcare setting and learn about the healthcare industry. We are certain that this partnership will also provide a lasting connection to future nurses.”