Published on June 11, 2018

Grant from Dart Foundation brings clinical simulation device to Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health has purchased a new Apollo Adult Patient Simulator, thanks to a major grant provided to Owensboro Health Foundation from the Dart Foundation.

The Apollo Adult Patient Simulator, manufactured by Montreal-based CAE Inc., is a “high-fidelity simulation mannequin.” The mannequin can replicate the vital signs of a patient, including heartbeat and pulse, blood pressure and breathing. The mannequin can also be used to practice a number of clinical skills, such as CPR, defibrillation, chest tube insertion and breathing tube placement. The mannequin was funded by a $45,970 grant from the Dart Foundation.

“We are most grateful to the Dart Foundation for their generous support of this much-needed equipment,” said Pat Serey, executive director of Owensboro Health Foundation.

Debbie Enoch, RN, manager of Clinical Education, said the Apollo simulator will allow Owensboro Health to provide hands-on training in a safe and realistic environment. The simulator can help students, nurses, doctors and other caregivers learn and develop skills needed to deliver care, safeguard patients’ health and save lives.

Clinical Educator Robbie Boarman, RN said the goal is to give staff a way to learn without risk to a human patient.

“Simulation allows clinical staff to practice and to be proficient at skills before they ever touch a patient. It improves patient safety and the confidence of our caregivers,” Boarman said.

Enoch added that as a nurse with decades of experience, she’s thrilled to watch newer nurses learn in this way.

“Our joy in providing simulation is to see them develop skills that have taken us many years to learn on our own before simulation training was available,” Enoch said. “They have the opportunity to learn a little bit faster because of the simulation we can provide with this mannequin.”

Contact: Somer Wilhite, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7103, (C) 270-779-6970, Somer.Wilhite@OwensboroHealth.org.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.

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Owensboro Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in 1993 as a philanthropic subsidiary of Owensboro Health. Owensboro Health Foundation directs special events and fundraising campaigns and seeks out grant funding to implement and sustain long-term health initiatives that will have the most impact on our community.

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