The Gould Center for Interprofessional Education

A 1945 alumna of the Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing (now, Maine College of Health Professions), Hazel Gould and her husband, Ralph, were stalwart and longstanding benefactors of MCHP. In 2000, Mr. and Mrs. Gould created the Hazel H. Gould Scholarship Foundation to expand nursing education opportunities at MCHP. Their generosity was critical in the subsequent establishment of the Gould Center for Interprofessional Education at MCHP. As a result of their visionary support, the Gould Center provides Maine healthcare students with educational experiences that enhance collaboration and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Their funding has a direct and positive influence on the success of tomorrow’s healthcare professionals and the well-being of their patients.

 

We honor their legacy, which has had a profound impact on the lives of over 1200 students to date.

 

Interprofessional Education, defined by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) as occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice for providing patient-centered care, is a cornerstone of the MCHP experience. IPE has been proven to have a very positive impact on patient outcomes. Because of the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Gould, all of our students
have the enviable opportunity of participating in IPE learning events throughout their time at the College. In the spirit of IPE, MCHP invites and includes students from other colleges and from a broad range of disciplines to participate in IPE learning. Our nursing, CNA, and medical imaging students have worked with students, residents, and practitioners from the following healthcare professions:

 

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medicine (MD and DO)
  • Pharmacy
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Sign Language Interpreting
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Respiratory Therapy

 

In addition to expanding upon student IPE experiences, future plans for the Gould Center include exploring interprofessional simulation and interprofessional education for current practitioners.