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ACC Partners with CHN for COVID Testing


Alvin Community College has partnered with the Community Health Network to ensure Nursing students are cleared to participate in their clinical education.

The network provided COVID-19 testing on November 6 for more than 30 Nursing students so they can participate in clinical sites.

“The vocational nursing students are attending clinical at long-term care facilities and they are required to take weekly COVID screenings,” said Dr. Debbi Fontenot, ACC Nursing director. “Our partnership with CHN allows us to provide those screenings at no cost to our students.”

CHN is a network of healthcare providers in Brazoria County. The organization is a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Hands-on training at clinical sites is a requirement for Nursing and many other healthcare programs. Clinical education has become challenging during the pandemic.

“CHN was incredibly efficient and registered all the students in less than two days,” said Fontenot, who also serves on the CHN board of directors. “The students are able to begin their clinicals as quickly as possible.”

CHN will continue to provide testing at no cost to the students.

“Community Health Network has long enjoyed our partnership with ACC,” said Ezreal Garcia, CHN Business Development & Emergency Preparedness Manager. “CHN can provide ongoing testing to nursing students so that students can continue to complete their clinical hours.”

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