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Both active and aspiring health care professionals are invited to attend Carthage’s first Excellence in Healthcare Practice event on Thursday, March 9.

This free educational session will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on campus in the Todd Wehr Center’s Jockey rooms. In an effort to create healthier individuals, families, and communities, the event will feature a presentation by Professor Jim Padilla and a patient safety training activity.

Jim Padilla Jim Padilla Alongside his work as founding dean of Carthage’s School of Business and Economics, Prof. Padilla is a longtime patient safety advocate. He serves on the board of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and the Guideline Advisory Board for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

The training activity is based on TeamSTEPPS, a set of tools developed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. To improve patient outcomes, these strategies emphasize communication and teamwork among health care workers.

Nursing is Carthage’s most popular major, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The College also offers a Bachelor of Arts in allied health science and a five-year program leading to a master’s in athletic training.

For those looking to continue their education in other health-related fields, Carthage has a thriving pre-health advising program and several dual-degree options with partner schools.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided for those in attendance at the March 9 event. A Zoom link is available upon request for those who prefer to attend virtually.