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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:21 am | Updated: 10:28 am, Fri Dec 13, 2013.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato will present 1,638 degrees during its summer/fall commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The following Sun Prairie residents will receive a degree:

Zachary Rowles, bachelor’s degree in Political Science; and Steffaney Thomas, bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14, will honor students who have applied to graduate in December. At least 435 UW-Green Bay students are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony.

Sun Prairie resident Tyler Scott will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Humanistic Studies.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Sun Prairie resident Joshua Terrill was among four University of Wisconsin-Platteville industrial engineering students who have the opportunity to not only apply their education in a real-life setting, but potentially help the Platteville community at the same time.

As a senior design project for the Industrial Systems Design class, Terrill, along with Joanna Borzecki, from Armstrong Creek; Grant Oldenburg, from Clinton; and Shawn Henning, from Howards Grove, have been tasked with improving services to patients in the surgical services department of Southwest Health Center in Platteville.

“The initial goal of the project was determining how we could reduce any surgical delay at Southwest Health Center,” Terrill said.

According to Director of Surgical Services Jon Chmielewski, RN, the facility has the surgical capabilities of a larger hospital, yet this local healthcare provider’s focus is always on delivering personal care in the best way possible.

“Our patients are the focus of everything we do,” he said. “So we’re always interested in learning how we may be able to make changes to a process to improve the quality of care or improve our service for the benefit of the patient and their family members.”

After spending time at the health center observing and analyzing procedures, the team realized they could capitalize on an upcoming expansion and renovation of the hospital, incorporating this into their suggested plans for optimizing the organizational operations.

“A large part of our time has been spent making facility layouts, incorporating our coursework on designing a facility, as well as getting input from a lot of staff that work at Southwest Health Center and doing research on standards for hospitals,” said Terrill.

To complete this research, the team visits the hospital bi-weekly. Visits range from one to five hours.

“During our visits, we not only talk with the nurses and surgical staff, but we also do observations of the current flow of patients, surgeons and nurses,” Borzecki said.

In October, the team completed an intermediate progress review, during which they presented to Southwest Health Center staff, on site, and discussed their observations and analysis thus far.

The results of their project will be presented to Southwest Health Center officials this month in the form of three different recommended facility layouts — each corresponding with a low, medium and high bid on expected costs. In addition to facility layouts, the recommended plans will include various accessories, such as a new patient paging system.

The project was arranged by Dr. S. Balachandran and completion of the project satisfied the requirement for the course INDSTENG 4930 – Industrial Systems Design in fall 2013 for the four students.

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