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New Lab Dedicated

The dedication and ribbon cutting of the Emma Gunderson Scartezina Nursing Simulation Laboratory Sept. 6 on the Utah State University Eastern campus was not only about the unveiling of a state-of-the-art lab designed to give students hands-on practice in delivery and critical room care, it was also about adulation.

The recognition of Scartezina’s steadfast and life-long dedication to helping others in their greatest time of need is worthy of simulation. Every student’s use of the new facility will be a silent nod to this woman who spent nearly three decades in the heart of Utah and the 20th century as a public health nurse, including time as director of nursing at Carbon Hospital.

“The dedication was our small way of expressing gratitude on behalf of the faculty and students at USU Eastern to the family of Emma Gunderson Scartezina,” said Nikkie King, director of nursing Price campus. “We are grateful to Emma’s family for their investment in continuing the excellence of this nursing program. This occasion also allowed us to honor a woman who was so dedicated to our community.”

The laboratory simulates a delivery room on one side and a medical-surgical/critical care room on the other. Both sides feed into a control room/nursing station. Students were on hand to give demonstrations of the simulation lab, King said.

Scartezina’s three children were in attendance. They were Paul F. Scartezina, Sandra Scartezina Turbidy, and Dan M. Scartezina, former chair of the College of Eastern Utah board of trustees, who also spoke.

“This is a tribute to a very strong, community-oriented person,” Dan Scartezina said. “We are honored and grateful that our mother was recognized for her considerable achievements both publicly and privately.”

Remarks were also given by USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson and Castleview Hospital Chief Executive Officer Mark Holyoak.

Emma Scartezina was born in Price in 1917. She graduated from Carbon High School in 1936. She went on to graduate from the Dr. W.H. Groves L.D.S. Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City in 1939. She devoted her career in constant service to those in all walks of life. She led a joint team of U.S. Air Force and public health officials in a project that provided more than 400 physical examinations for school-age children of the Navajo Nation.

She lived until 1995 and left behind a legacy of service that raised the bar of professional health care standards for Utah’s eastern region, King said.  

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Writer: John DeVilbiss, 435-797-1358; john.devilbiss@usu.edu