CHEST Awarded $250,000 Grant from FUJIFILM Sonosite for Expanded Educational Programs in the New CHEST Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center
Glenview, Illinois, October 27, 2014 – The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) recently announced that it is the recipient of a $250,000 educational grant from FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., which will support expanded educational programming and hands-on learning experiences for clinicians at the CHEST Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center. The grant, which will be paid over 5 years, will enhance CHEST training for clinicians across pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in a variety of point-of-care diagnostic ultrasound techniques and guided procedures.
The grant will enable CHEST to provide training to clinicians through specialized courses, impacting patient care by improving participants’ clinical skills in the areas of ultrasound image acquisition and interpretation; critical care echocardiography; and focused thoracic and vascular ultrasound.
“Health education is experiencing new and growing challenges as technology changes and improves. It is vital for clinicians to receive expert, hands-on training in the latest health-care innovations,” said Michael H. Baumann, MD, MS, FCCP, CHEST President and Chair, Board of Regents. “This generous grant from FUJIFILM Sonosite will allow us to deliver innovative training to even more clinicians. High-quality, relevant, continuing medical education is a critical need and has immediate impact on patient care.”
The 15,000-square foot Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center at CHEST Global Headquarters opened in early 2014 and reflects the organization’s deep commitment to expanding opportunities for education. Health-care education is experiencing new and growing challenges, with national accrediting bodies, such as The Joint Commission, requiring hospitals to develop practice performance evaluations for clinical providers. This grant allows CHEST to help clinicians meet these challenges and address the increasing demands for more complex and specialized training.
“We are pleased to partner with the American College of Chest Physicians on this important endeavor. The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center will provide hands-on, state-of-the-art education and bring together teams of specialists in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine for hands-on learning that will help them put the latest clinical advances into practice to improve patient care,” said Naohiro Fujitani, President & CEO, FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc.
“Our commitment to innovative medical education continues to grow,” stated Paul Markowski, CAE, CHEST Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the support of Fujifilm Sonosite, we can advance patient care and continue our mission of promoting the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases.”
About the American College of Chest Physicians
CHEST, publisher of the journal CHEST, is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about CHEST, visit chestnet.org.
FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., is the innovator and world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, and an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by 26 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. For more information, go to: www.sonosite.com.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.
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