|Left to right: Robert W. McFate, trustee of the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust; Dr. Karen M. Whitney, president of Clarion University; and Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of Clarion University-Venango Campus|
"The Phillips Trust is pleased to be able to assist with the development of the simulation lab at Venango Campus," said trustee Robert W. McFate. "It's a great project that will enhance Clarion University's standing in the field of nursing and allied health, which Dr. Phillips held a strong interest in advancing."
Simulation laboratory equipment, including life-size mannequins and high-tech medical apparatuses, will provide students new opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to highly concrete patient applications, under the direction of faculty, presenting exciting educational experiences that effectively bridge theory and practice. Simulation mannequins provide students realistic patient care scenarios to test their clinical and decision-making skills, while building their confidence before they enter an actual health care environment.
The state-of-the-art lab facility will include an intensive care unit patient area with an ICU-type bed, a child/maternity patient area with a birthing bed, and a medical/surgical patient area. It will include related equipment for each area, as well as x-ray viewers, ventilators, EKG monitors, and other apparatuses.
A control room will be constructed to accommodate faculty and simulator technicians who will program the clinical scenarios and observe and video-record student performance, so that students can debrief with their professors and learn from their responses to patients' changing conditions.
The simulation laboratory will also be made available to be used as a training center for health care professionals from local agencies seeking certification and/or training in their fields. It will be used as a recruiting and training tool for elementary and high school students, providing basic health education and an introduction to the health professions as they begin to consider career options.
"My colleagues and I are immensely grateful to the Phillips Charitable Trust for their generous support of this cutting-edge new facility," said Dr. Christopher Reber, executive dean of Venango Campus. "The support of donors such as the Phillips Trust will benefit nursing and allied health professionals and their future patients throughout the region for many years to come."
A large part of the projected $1.75 million cost of the project has already been secured. The university received a grant last year from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, which enabled the purchase of three highly sophisticated simulation mannequins and other equipment at a cost of $400,000. The equipment is already in the possession of the university, and is in storage awaiting a facility to effectively utilize it. An additional $660,000 has been secured for construction in Montgomery Hall, where the facility will be located. A fund drive is currently underway to raise the remaining funds needed, after which construction will begin.
Published11/5/2010 11:35 AM