DWU nursing student up for Governor’s Giant Vision award

Friday, April 11, 2014

Entrepreneurship isn’t defined by a major – a Dakota Wesleyan University nursing student has created a business model that has placed her in the running for the Governor’s Giant Vision Award, which will be announced April 15.

Ashley Kingdon-Reese, of Huron, is a DWU nursing student and creator of Independent Health Solutions, a business plan she intends to make a reality by this summer and which will offer home health care services, independent from any particular hospital.

“I believe this will be the first agency in South Dakota that will be independent (from a hospital), offering care equally, without competition between difference agencies,” Reese said.

Home health care begins with a doctor’s assessment that a patient could better recover at home, under the supervision of a home care nurse. This can be for a variety of reasons, Reese said, for instance, if the patient’s needs do not require 24-hour attention of a hospital staff and could be treated at home. Another reason could be to prevent exposure to hospital germs or possible infection for patients with compromised immune systems.

“Prior to this, all house health care came from a hospital,” Reese said. “Independent Health Solutions would be a hub, a place where nurses will be and the public is welcome. The front area will have a conference room for family meetings to take place with or without the patient.”

Reese said that this is advantageous for families who would like to discuss treatments for family members with dementia, in particular, without upsetting the patient.

Independent Health Solutions would offer temporary nurse staffing and also provide catered education for anyone in the field.

The Governor’s Giant Vision competition names the top 13 candidates and Reese is the only nonbusiness student on the list.

“It was a case of ‘see a need, fill a need,’” she said. “I have the location, and doors will open July 1. This is going to happen with or without the grant. It would be great to have it, but I will find a way to do it without it.”

The winner of the Governor’s Giant Vision could win up to $5,000. But another great opportunity provided to all nominees is the possibility of “angel investors,” people who give grants or invest in a company.

“So this is a great opportunity to get your name out there,” she said.

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