Fayette, Iowa (February 6, 2007) –Dr. Lon Butikofer, RN, PhD, CEO of Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa donated four exam tables to the Upper Iowa University RN-BSN degree program on Monday for use in its new clinical nursing laboratory. Dr. Margaret Wimmer, associate professor of nursing and director of nursing education, accepted the tables on behalf of the university.
“It is exciting to see nursing back on the Upper Iowa campus again,” said Butikofer. “Upper Iowa’s program has responded in hopes of facilitating more advanced training for nursing in a field that is rapidly increasing in complexity.” Wimmer explained that Butikofer was instrumental in helping to get the RN-BSN program underway at Upper Iowa by serving on the committee, helping to gather data and helping to write the feasibility study.
An Elgin native and graduate of Upper Iowa University, Butikofer taught capstone courses for UIU’s nursing program in the 80s, currently serves on the Upper Iowa Nursing Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Iowa Hospital Association District C, which meets regularly on the UIU campus. He earned his masters in nursing from the University of Dubuque and doctorate in health services administration from Century University in Los Angeles.
“We are so appreciative of this donation,” said Wimmer. “New exam tables cost over $1,000 a piece and previously-owned ones are hard to come by.” The university received four exam tables, two of which are electric and all are in excellent condition.
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