Grant to provide state-of-art equipment for nursing simulation center

Sugar Land – Thanks to a generous grant, the University of Houston System at Sugar Land soon will have new cutting edge equipment for the Methodist Hospital Sugar Land Nursing Simulation Center.

The Richmond-based George Foundation donated $203,468 to add new equipment to the facility, which will include the most advanced human simulators available to educate nurses.

The equipment will include a 3G Sim Man, which can mimic almost any human bodily function and health scenario; a human birth simulator; and two simulators for placing intravenous lines, said Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing, which offers the bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs at UHSSL.

The lab facility is shared with the Wharton County Junior College nursing program as part of a cooperative arrangement, she said.

“I’m very excited about this new equipment and our partnership with WCJC,” Tart said. “This one facility will produce new nurses, nurse leaders and nurse educators who will help solve the nurse shortage facing the state.”

That ultimately will mean better healthcare and quality of life for the residents in the Fort Bend area, she said.

“We’re seeing a lot of highly qualified people wanting to help people and enjoy the rewarding career nursing provides,” Tart said. The strong pool of applicants for the new class that will start in January included individuals with degrees in biology, psychology and business, she noted.

“I want to personally thank everyone at the George Foundation for their decision to forge a partnership with us as we work to provide top healthcare for everyone in this region,” she said. “Our efforts wouldn’t be possible without the support of such forward-looking visionaries.”

The Trustees of The George Foundation strive to support organizations and programs that assist in developing strong, stable families across Fort Bend County, according to the foundation’s Web site.

For more information about UHV’s nursing programs contact advising specialist Kacy Pullin in Sugar Land at 281-275-3053, or recruitment assistant Jessica Ballard in Katy at 832-842-2875 or .

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342