David Bestenlehner, Pharm-D, director of pharmacy at Ashley Regional Medical Center explains the use of pharmaceutical hoods in preparing oncology medication. The hospital donated five pieces of equipment to UBTech’s pharmacy technician program which is in the process of becoming accredited.

Ashley Regional Medical Center recently donated equipment to help train a new generation of pharmacy students at UB Tech.

The hospital’s pharmacology department donated five pieces of pharmaceutical equipment which will aid the college in the accreditation process of their pharmacy technician program.

UB Tech students can now receive hands-on training with three pharmaceutical hoods used to mix and compound medications in a sterile environment, a biological refrigerator for controlled storage of medication, and a pharmaceutical crash cart.

ARMC Head Pharmacy Technician Lynette Trujillo said the hospital’s pharmacy was recently remodeled and their old equipment became surplus. They intended to sell it but found it was needed at UB Tech.

“We appreciate your desire and willingness to help our students now and in the future,” UBTech President Aaron Weight said. “The accreditation body said we needed this (equipment) and then we had it. Thank you for your visionary leadership.”

Pharmaceutical hoods are designed to reduce the risk of airborne contamination during the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical procedures are advancing daily, said Eric Christensen, UBTech Pharmacy Tech instructor, noting the donated equipment will play a vital role in preparing students to enter the job market.

The decision to make the donation was an easy one for the hospital because of its commitment to the health and well-being of the community through education, said Jalen Tollefson, ARMC director of marketing.

“This donation and our partnership with UBTech will help provide affordable access to learning critical skills that health workers need to serve our area,” said Tollefson.

UBTech’s pharm tech classroom and lab is undergoing a renovation this summer to make the learning center more applicable to working in an actual pharmacy settin

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