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J M Smith Foundation Gift to USC Upstate’s Nursing Simulation Center Ensures Technology Objectives Can Be Met

The University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation recently received a leadership gift from the J M Smith Foundation that will enable the Mary Black School of Nursing Simulation Center to purchase technology equipment to help achieve the goal of becoming the Simulation Center of Teaching Excellence in the Upstate of South Carolina. The J M Smith Foundation gift will purchase wireless AV systems, computerized medication dispensing carts, and laptops for electronic bedside documentation.

“Healthcare delivery is rapidly evolving and USC Upstate is committed to being at the cusp of this evolution,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of development and scholarships. “We are thrilled to receive the leadership gift from the J M Smith Foundation as it assures the Mary Black School of Nursing Simulation Center will be a first-class learning facility for our students and community partners in the health care industry.”

A significant component to the nursing curriculum is a well-equipped Simulation Center, a safe environment to replicate clinical situations that accurately provide students and faculty the opportunity to practice, analyze and perfect their skills in patient care. During the past two years, the Mary Black School of Nursing has focused on funding and developing a plan to increase utilization by faculty and students.

“Our Simulation Center focuses on creating an environment that fosters innovation and places emphasis on continuous learning that benefits faculty, students and area health professionals,” said Dr. Katharine Gibb, interim dean of the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate. “By training on these medical simulation machines and in these simulated patient rooms, students and other health care professionals will have even greater expertise and experience for real-life situations.” 

 "If we are going to improve the standard of living in our community, it is in our collective best interest to invest in USC Upstate."

- Chris Crowley, Campaign Chair  

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