Phillips Charitable Trust adds to Health Sciences lab equipment
A $50,000 gift from the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust has helped Pennsylvania College of Technology purchase laboratory equipment for students in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences.
A portion of the funding went toward a pediatric “phantom” for radiography students and the remainder aided in the purchase of a Super TORY S220 advanced newborn patient simulator for nursing students.
“We are grateful to the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust for their generous gift,” said Valerie A. Myers, dean of nursing and health sciences. “The full-body pediatric phantom and high-fidelity newborn simulator will enhance the learning experience for students by allowing them to practice skills and demonstrate competency on lifelike simulation equipment in a safe learning environment before performing these skills on real patients in the clinical setting.”
The college’s radiography program previously had only adult-sized phantoms – a type of manikin used by students practicing taking radiographs, learning about radiation exposure and dosage, practicing positioning, and demonstrating their competency prior to being evaluated on their performance with live patients.
Having a child-sized phantom affords them the opportunity to practice their skills and evaluate the anatomy of a pediatric patient before attempting exams on a live pediatric patient.
The nursing simulator, to be used in newborn and pediatric courses throughout the program, is designed to facilitate training in resuscitation, stabilization, transport and intensive care.
This is the second gift from the Phillips Charitable Trust, which awarded $40,000 for Emergency Medicine Lab equipment in the college’s recently renovated Physician Assistant Center. The additional contribution will move the trust into the Heritage Society ($50,000 to $99,999 in philanthropy) on the college’s Donor Wall.
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust,” said Ashley E. Day, College Relations’ manager of grants and communications. “This gift has allowed us to purchase simulation equipment that is crucial to the success of our nursing and health sciences students as they train to become highly competent medical professionals, able to transition seamlessly from college to career.”
For more about the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, call 570-327-4519.