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GE to donate equipment for nursing simulation center
[October 17, 2012]

GE to donate equipment for nursing simulation center

Oct 17, 2012 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- GE Healthcare plans to give equipment worth roughly $440,000 to the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University.

The equipment will include patient monitors, a central nursing station, telemetry technology, infant incubators and ventilators. The $4 million simulation lab opened in August. Wheaton Franciscan has pledged to give $1 million over the next five years to help offset the cost.

"GE Healthcare's advanced patient monitors and technological equipment will allow our nursing students and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's care providers to practice their clinical reasoning skills in an environment with the same equipment that they might encounter in clinical situations," Margaret Faut Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing, said in a statement.

The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation includes a six-bed hospital suite with two intensive care rooms, two medical surgical rooms, one pediatrics room and one labor and delivery suite.

It also features two examination rooms, a home health/assisted living apartment, a clinical skills laboratory, two four-bed patient care rooms and four rooms where professors and clinical educators can review video recordings of simulation exercises with students.

"While GE Healthcare may be a global company, we are also a local company and are delighted to participate and contribute to advancing nursing education at Marquette University," Thierry Leclercq, vice president and general manager of Life Care Solutions at GE Healthcare, said in a statement.

More than 500 of GE Healthcare's 6,500 employees in Wisconsin have degrees from Marquette University.

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