News Release

Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2005

MAUSTON, Wis. - A Mauston woman recently donated assistive equipment worth over $4,000 to Western Wisconsin Technical College. Crystal Vodvarka, a graduate from WWTC's Nursing Assistant Program, donated the assistive devices, which were used by her grandfather before he passed away. The equipment is being used at WWTC's Black River Falls Campus, giving students valuable hands-on experience before joining the workforce.

These assistive devices are what the Nursing Assistant graduates will use in their future careers to care for their clients. "The more experience the students have in the lab and clinical the better prepared they will be in the workforce or in their nursing program," stated Natalie Krantz, Nursing Assistant instructor.

Among Vodvarka’s donated items was an Invacare Reliant Stand-Up Lift - a piece of equipment used to aid patients in standing or transporting the patient. Other equipment included a hearing aid with battery tester, pivot disk, walker, bed trapeze, bedside commode, artificial leg, nebulizer, and a shower bench. The items are being used where they are needed the most - in the Black River Falls Skilled Nursing Assistant classroom.

"This donation has made the lab in Black River Falls wonderful and much more complete!" exclaimed Leah Johnson, Nursing Assistant Program instructor. "We have already put the equipment to good use."

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