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Gov. Perdue Unveils CVCC's Simulated Hospital


Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and local officials joined in unveiling the largest simulated hospital of its kind on the east coast this morning on the Catawba Valley Community College campus.

The 28,000-square-foot teaching facility integrates a revolutionary type of learning environment. Students use programmable robotic manikins to simulate patient care in these hospital environments:
•    Labor & delivery
•    Bariatric care
•    Surgical/intensive care
•    Respiratory therapy
•    General nursing

The robotic manikins can replicate an infinite number of medical circumstances and respond according to correct and/or incorrect treatment. They breathe, have heart beats, talk, bleed, pee, throw up, have babies and all bodily function humans have.

Under the leadership of President Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC built the hospital at the urging of allied health care faculty who envisioned an environment where students can learn under controlled circumstances without harming patients.

The unique environment also allows students from different health-care disciplines to learn and work as a team, just as they will function on the job.

The hospital will also be used for hands-on continuing education training required of practicing health care professionals as well as opened to use by other colleges.  

For more information, contact Dr. Kim Clark, Dean of the School of Health and Public Service, 828-327-7000, ext. 4686.



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