Swede’s pilots exchange program with Swedish students

Staff Report

Monday, Oct. 15, three nursing/health care students and two teachers from the De la Gardiegymnasiet school in Lidköping, Sweden, arrived in Rockford for a 10-day visit. They will do clinical work and shadowing at SwedishAmerican Hospital. The goal of this pilot project is to explore a future exchange program within the health care occupation.

Lidköping’s International Business Developer Linnea Bengtsson said: “The purpose of the nursing students’ visit to SwedishAmerican Hospital is to explore and expand international educational opportunities for our students at De la Gardiegymnasiet. They will spend time observing several departments at the hospital, studying and learning American health care practices. We are highly interested in establishing future opportunities for our students to be able to perform parts of their practical work at SwedishAmerican.”

This past September, five students and four instructors from De la Gardiegymnasiet’s construction program were in Rockford for three weeks, helping to build a “green” Swedish standard house in partnership with construction students from Rockford East High School. This project is a part of the SwedishAmerican Neighborhood Renovation Project sponsored by the SwedishAmerican Foundation. To date, 38 Swedish students have participated in various construction projects. The four components of this project are as follow: 1. Education, 2. Culture, 3. Efficient Energy Usage and 4. International Business.

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation and an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises, invests and distributes funds for the benefit of SwedishAmerican Health System and its mission to take care of the Rockford community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital.

From the Oct. 24-30, 2012, issue

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