KVCC TD Simulation Lab unveiled
Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) unveiled its new health care simulation laboratory Feb. 14 in a ribbon cutting event attended by donors to the facility, College officials, and area health care leaders.
The TD Simulation Lab was created in part with support from The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, including a $100,000 donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.
The TD Sim Lab is designed to serve KVCC’s Nursing and Allied Health Departments, which include more than a dozen health care programs, and is unique among higher education institutions in Maine in its capacity to promote interdisciplinary educational opportunities.
Located on the second floor of Bernard A. King Hall, the state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest patient simulators and simulation software, and includes adult patient units and a pediatric unit. There is also a control and observation room, and a maternal newborn unit.
The TD Sim Lab represents an enormous step forward in health care education at KVCC, and would not have been possible without the generous support of the TD Charitable Foundation, KVCC President Barbara Woodlee, said.
“We are grateful to TD Charitable Foundation for the strong commitment to meeting our community’s future health care needs this gift represents,” Woodlee said. “This new facility will improve the education of students bound for rewarding careers in local hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings, and result in better care for Maine residents.”
Representatives from TD Bank were on hand for the unveiling of the new lab.
“At TD Bank, we recognize the importance of higher education and its impact on the community,” said Larry Wold, Market President for TD Bank. “The KVCC TD Simulation Lab will help develop necessary skills for a new generation of healthcare practitioners in Maine, and we are proud to support them.”
Funding for the TD Sim Lab through The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges was provided as part of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen educational opportunities for Maine community college students, said Beth Shorr, President of the Foundation.
The TD Sim Lab is equipped to handle patient scenarios simultaneously. It includes fully functional patient units designed to mimic a real-life hospital setting. The “tetherless” nature of newer patient simulators enables exercises to be performed in a make-shift, pre-hospital setting.
Student volunteers demonstrated some of the lab’s uses during a live exercise following the ribbon cutting.
Patient simulators are able to respond verbally to student questions and actions by describing their symptoms, expressing pain, and answering inquiries. Their vital signs may also be measured and react to actions by students.
KVCC instructors are able to observe student interactions while implementing scenarios from the control and observation room.
The TD Sim Lab will continue to be developed, and planners are already discussing what funding would be needed to add audio and video recording equipment. Such equipment would enhance the critical debriefing process which occurs after each training scenario, as students and instructors discuss what happened and how to improve patient outcomes.
Informal discussions of expanding access to the Lab beyond the College are also underway, as it could easily accommodate training needs of other organizations including area health care facilities as well as police, fire, and rescue services.
KVCC was a pioneer in the use of simulation technology and equipment in Maine, incorporating a patient simulator, or “sim man,” in its Nursing Lab several years ago. Though effective as a teaching tool, lack of space in the Nursing Lab limited access to the unit and the older model was also tethered to equipment, making mobile scenarios impossible.
The TD Sim Lab greatly expands space and access for simulation activities at KVCC. It will ensure KVCC students in health care programs have access to the latest in simulation technology and techniques, giving them enhanced opportunities when they seek jobs after graduation and better serving employers in the region who depend on qualified KVCC graduates to staff their facilities.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $83.7 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 7.8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,280 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized wealth management services through TD Wealth, and insurance products and services through TD Insurance, Inc. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US, or visit www.tdbank.com.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody's. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.
About the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges
The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges is dedicated to ensuring that the state’s seven community colleges have the resources they need to provide a high quality, affordable, and accessible college education for Maine people.
Currently, the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges is focused on providing support in four key areas through its work:
■Instructional equipment and technology
■New and expanded academic and occupational programming