College Notes: Jan. 9, 2009
Patrick Hickey named Capstone faculty principal at University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina nursing professor Dr. Patrick Hickey has been named the new faculty principal of the Capstone Scholars Program, the university’s living-and-learning community for select, high-achieving, first- and second-year students.
He succeeds Dr. John Spurrier, who served as principal from 2005 until his recent retirement. Hickey, who has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, operating-room educator and hospital risk manager, made national headlines in 2007 for climbing Mount Everest and becoming the world’s first nurse to have scaled the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents.
The Capstone Scholars Program provides students with educational enrichment in and beyond the classroom, including specially designed courses, community-service activities, lectures from prominent faculty and community members and group discussions on films and current events.
University of South Carolina health center earns accreditation
The Thomson Student Health Center at the University of South Carolina has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the nation’s leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation.
The center offers services in general medicine, women’s care, wellness promotion, radiology and physical therapy; a pharmacy and laboratory; and sexual-health and violence-prevention programs.
The AAAHC awarded the Thomas Student Health Center full accreditation for three years, the maximum time allowed.