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Nursing Center Supported by Healthcare Industry

Posted on | January 15, 2010 | Comments Off

Hawaii healthcare leaders joined together to support new simulation center at UH Manoa's SONDH.

Hawaiʻi healthcare leaders joined together to support new simulation center at UH Mānoa’s SONDH.

Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene joined with four of Hawaiʻi’s healthcare industry leaders to celebrate $1,050,000 in initial gifts to support the development of the Hawaiʻi Nursing Simulation Center at Webster Hall. These gifts will support designing and planning the transformation of the existing training spaces into a 7,000 square foot facility equipped to serve as a statewide resource and address the ongoing need for nursing clinical and workforce education.

The center will simulate the continuum of clinical settings, and will be equipped with human patient simulators, bedside computers, digitalized video recording capacity and interactive instructional software. The center will feature realistic practice settings, including the medical-surgical hospital unit, critical care, surgical/operating suite, pediatrics, neonatal nursery, maternity, ambulatory and home care.

Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association Foundation made a $500,000 gift; Hawaiʻi Pacific Health contributed $250,000; Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi contributed $50,000 and the Queen’s Medical Center contributed an additional $250,000 for a total of $1,050,000 in gifts to the Hawaiʻi Nursing Simulation Center Fund. SONDH is providing space and facilitating the creation of this shared community resource.

“Nurses are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation’s long-term and community-based care,” says Dean Mary Boland. “These historic gifts signify that quality healthcare requires strong partnership between education and industry. UH Mānoa nursing is delighted to collaborate with the leading Hawaiʻi healthcare organizations to create this first-of-its-kind center to assure patient safety and quality care delivery through technology-driven education.”

Read the news release.