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For Immediate Release


Simulated Hospital Open House Dec. 7


Catawba Valley Community College will hold an open house and guided tours of its new Regional Simulated Hospital on Wed., Dec. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The community is invited to view the revolutionary 28,000-square-foot teaching hospital, which comprises the entire fifth floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Bldg. located on the south side of the main campus in Hickory.

Students will provide explanations of the simulators’ capabilities and assist with guided tours of the hospital. No reservations are required. Refreshments will be served.

The largest simulated hospital of its kind on the east coast, the facility features nearly two dozen programmable patient simulators that can replicate an infinite number of medical circumstances. The simulators respond based on the type of care students provide. The simulators breathe, have heart beats, talk, bleed, urinate, throw up, have babies, and even die.

The hospital includes key hospital units, including labor and delivery, bariatric care, surgical/intensive care, respiratory therapy, and general nursing.

Under the leadership of President Garrett D. Hinshaw, CVCC built the hospital at the urging of its 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 multiple 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 and students from other colleges.

Funding was provided by Catawba County Commissioners, the N.C. General Assembly, N.C. Community College System, and U.S. Dept. of Commerce-Economic Development Administration.

For directions to the CVCC campus, visit
The Simulated Hospital is located on the 5th floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building, #10 on the map at
Gov. Bev Perdue recently watched demonstrations of a simulated trauma response in Catawba Valley Community College's Simulated Hospital. EMS and nursing students worked as a team--just as they would in a hospital setting--to treat the patient simulator's injuries.  



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