K21 Grant Provides New and Updated Equipment for Ivy Tech Healthcare Program

The grant will enhance hands-on learning at the Warsaw campus

Winona Lake, Ind. – The K21 Health Foundation (K21) awarded a grant of $17,460 to the Ivy Tech Foundation for the purpose of purchasing improved and more current equipment to provide hands-on training for healthcare specialist students taking classes on the Warsaw campus.

The K21 grant funded the purchase of two hospital beds, two long-term care beds, an electronic digital patient scale, two blood pressure training simulators, and one automated vital sign monitor. This will allow students to train on the same equipment they will use when they enter the workforce.

“We at K21 greatly admire the work that Ivy Tech does in our community to develop the next generation of healthcare professionals by give students practical healthcare training,” says Rich Haddad, president and CEO of K21 Health Foundation. “Giving healthcare specialist students the tools they need to be trained will ultimately benefit the health of families and individuals throughout the county.”

The Healthcare Specialist Program provides a variety of professional certificates that make it possible for students to begin working in the healthcare field after one year of study while continuing their education toward an associate of applied science degree in clinical support. The program works closely with local hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics to align with healthcare industry needs.

For more details about K21’s work in the community and current projects, visit k21healthfoundation.org



(Left) Student Allissa Nicolai (standing) and Health Sciences Instructor Sandra Rose use the new electronic blood pressure monitor. (Middle) CNA students Isabella Miller (seated) and Jennifer Perez demonstrate the features of one of the new long term healthcare beds. (Right) Medical Assisting Faculty Heather Myers-Harris and “Bob” use the electronic scale.


K21 Health Foundation focuses on improving health and wellness for the residents of Kosciusko County. The organization seeks to ensure that healthcare services are provided and to advance prevention and healthy living. K21 accomplishes this by maintaining an endowment, which funds community projects and needs through investments and grants.