NEWARK, Ohio, June 21, 2017 – A Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) nursing graduate is coordinating a program at Knox Community Hospital (KCH) with the goal to help patients live longer, healthier lives. Adonyah Whipple, MSBSN, RN, CHPN, is the coordinator of Palliative Care and the Community Care Network at KCH. She recently established a partnership with Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University to offer students pursuing a degree in a health sciences field the opportunity to become a trained health coach.
"Our goal is to help people with chronic diseases. These patients have multiple doctors, multiple appointments and a lot of stress. It's very difficult for them to meet goals and stay healthy," said Whipple. "So, we are training volunteer students to be health coaches. They will be the eyes and ears in the patients' homes to help us figure out what the barriers are to meeting health goals. The students will help us make sure patients have the resources they need to succeed and promote quality of life despite the difficulties of chronic disease. "
Whipple said the baby boomer generation is getting older, creating a larger group of patients with chronic disease. She thinks they will need more volunteer health coaches in the future and sees an opportunity to expand this program to other colleges and universities in the area, including her alma mater – COTC.
"This program is great for patients and students. It gives students a direct view of the patient and the health care system. For the patients, there are so many factors out of our hands once they leave the hospital that impact well-being" said Whipple. "If we can do things like this to keep them well and keep them from getting into physical crisis, we want to do that. People live longer when they have better coordinated care and get the support they need."
Whipple has been working at KCH for 16 years. She graduated from COTC in 2003 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology. She went on to complete her bachelor's degree and just finished her master's degree.
"COTC has a great nursing program that is close to my home in Mount Vernon," said Whipple. "It was a great place for me to start my career and gave me a solid foundation to continue my studies."
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Sal ary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.