The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing hosted an internationally inspired symposium on Monday, November 6 from 11:00 a.m. through 12 noon at Baylor University, Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The symposium was titled, Building Global Relationships Through Research, Missions & Scholarships in India: The BU / Bangalore Baptist Hospital Collaboration and included guest speakers: Dr. Naveen Thomas, CEO, Bangalore Baptist Hospital and Ms. Leena Raj, Director of the Nursing School at Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing.
“We are blessed with this partnership including nursing education, global health and interdisciplinary research with Bangalore Baptist Hospital and The Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing,” said Dean Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Together we believe that nurses have been called to make a difference and we are privileged to work with BBH in this vital effort to serve populations in need.”
"Our colleagues at Bangalore Baptist Hospital have been outstanding partners in both missions and research as we at Baylor University march towards our strategic vision,” said Shelby L. Garner, PhD, RN, CNE Assistant Professor & Fulbright Scholar, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. “Nursing and interdisciplinary research projects that have stemmed from this collaboration include studies on nurse migration, health capacity building, nursing simulation, and mobile health technologies. Baylor faculty, undergraduate and graduate students have also served in missions alongside the pastoral care department at BBH on annual mission trips to India. We are so very thankful that our partnership has been complimented by federal funding from the United States Agency for International Development and Fulbright and ongoing support from local partners such as Baylor Scott and White Health Faith in Action Initiative, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Allbritton Art Institute and Samaritan Medical Outreach Ministries. We look forward to growing this partnership as we strive to share the light of Christ through our work together."
In February 2017, Dr. Garner, along with Dr. Hope Koch and Dr. Phil Young from the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business and Julia Hitchcook from the Baylor University Art Department, were awarded seed funding for their study entitled, ‘An International Multidisciplinary Research Study to Improve Health Outcomes in India through Mobile Health and Virtual Reality Simulation.’ This funding is being provided through the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative which is designed to bring together faculty, staff, and students in efforts to discover and develop innovative ways to promote human flourishing. Through this study, Dr. Garner and the team of collaborators from across the university are developing a virtual reality simulation prototype and supporting hospital mobile health infrastructure to determine the impact of virtual reality simulation on hypertension-related educational and health outcomes in the slum sub-populations in Bengaluru, India.
“This partnership is truly in the spirit of social innovation collaboration because everyone has different parts they can help with in the effort,” said Dr. Hope Koch, Godfrey Sullivan Endowed Professorship in Management Information Systems, Baylor University. “Julia Hitchcock from Art is giving creative input on the video. Dr. Gina Green and Zonayed Mahid from Management Information Systems are studying the process of building and implementing the virtual reality simulation. Statistics will help measure the immediate impact the simulation had on its participants. We are anxiously anticipating the simulation going live in February and look forward to dedicating ourselves to this important work that addresses serious societal problems and impacts our teaching, service and spirit.”
“All of us at Bangalore Baptist Hospital would like to say ‘thank you’ to the faculty and students of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing for partnering with us,” said Dr. Naveen Thomas, CEO, Bangalore Baptist Hospital. “This collaboration will go a long way in strengthening our ability to impart quality education and to train students and staff to care for patients. This partnership will ultimately translate to improved patient care as we continue to work in the spirit of Jesus Christ here at the other side of the globe.”
Featured in the photo: (left to right): Dean Shelley Conroy, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON); Dr. Shelby Garner, LHSON; Dr. Naveen Thomas, CEO of Bangalore Baptist Hospital; Dr. Rebekah Ann Naylor, Founder and President of Samaritan Medical Outreach Ministries; Ms. Leena Raj, Director of the Nursing School at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing and Dr. Tanya Sudia, LHSON.