The grant for $43,010 was presented at a check presentation attended by members of the Noel Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Robert C. Leitz, III (Board President), Mr. Shelby L. Smith (Board Vice President), and Mr. Merritt B. Chastain, Jr. (Board Secretary), and LSU Health Shreveport leadership, Dr. G. E. Ghali (Chancellor), Dr. Sharon Dunn, (Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions) and Dr. Suzanne Tinsley (Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Assistant Dean of Development for School of Allied Health Professions).
The “Geaux Upstate Technology Expansion” grant will support implementing current best practice technology capabilities within the School of Allied Professions for the purposes of teaching, research and patient care. This is the first grant LSU Health Shreveport has received from the Noel Foundation.
This proposal is focused on the enhancement of SAHPs students’ learning experiences and increases the educational opportunities available to all students enrolled in the school’s programs. Current practice and teaching standards mandate students be educated in evidence-based practice protocols, and lack of access to the most up-to-date technology and equipment limits learning experiences for students that they will ultimately need in clinical practice upon graduation.
The addition of the equipment requested in the grant proposal will not only greatly impact the educational offerings to current students, but also aid in the recruitment of future students to all programs offered by the School of Allied Health Professions, which are Cardiopulmonary Science, Clinical Medical Science, Communication Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant. All programs will benefit from this grant.
The Noel Foundation was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization that supports education, cultural arts, and the community in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their aim is to grow Shreveport both culturally and academically. Noel Foundation Board Vice President Shelby L. Smith stated at the check presentation, “The grant awarded today clearly reflects the vision of James Smith Noel to support both education and our community.”