Southwest Virginia(Abingdon site)
The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1991 to strengthen the economy of southwest Virginia through education and training of the workforce. In 2004, the Department of Nurse Anesthesia partnered with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in Abingdon, Virginia to deliver our curriculum. Through partnership agreements, the SVHEC provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as professional development courses through distance technologies.
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210
VCU Onsite Student Coordinator:
Abingdon Site Faculty
- Emily Dougherty, CRNA and Staff Nurse Anesthetist, Johnson City Medical Center
- Anesthesiologist Martin Eason, MD, Director of the Center for Experiential Learning, Quillen College of Medicine, Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU); Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, VCU
- Anatomist Dr. Thomas Kwasigroch, Ph.D., Associate Dean Academic Affairs, Quillen College of Medicine, Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU) Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, VCU
The SVHEC houses a simulation laboratory with a full body high-fidelity human simulator, anesthesia machine with monitors, and several anatomical practice models. This lab offers basic simulation training for the Abingdon site students and is maintained by VCU faculty.
Quillen College of Medicine
Advanced simulation laboratory training for the Abingdon site is obtained at the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU in its Patient Simulation Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Eason. Further, students from all sites participate in an anatomy lecture and laboratory series at the Quillen College of Medicine’s Cadaver Lab under the direction of Drs. Kwasigroch and Eason.
Abingdon Site Clinical Hospital Affiliations
To provide a broad array of clinical experiences, the department has established clinical site placements in the southwest Virginia region and surrounding areas that range from a Level I trauma center to a small rural 80 bed hospital. Affiliates in Virginia are: Clinch Valley Medical Center, Lee Regional Medical Center, Smyth County Community Hospital, Norton Community Hospital, Salem VA Medical Center and Wythe County Community Hospital. Additionally, outside of Virginia: Bristol Regional Medical Center, Johnson City Medical Center, in Tennessee and Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY. Clinical affiliation agreements along with Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program approvals are in place for all of the above sites.