UM School of Nursing receives $500K from anonymous donor

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) has announced a $500,000 capital campaign gift from an unnamed benefactor in support of its plans to build one of the nation’s first education-based simulation hospitals.

Designed to lead the field of nursing and healthcare education into the 21st Century, the five-story, 39,000-squarefoot facility will replicate the true flow of activity in a clinical practice and hospital and provide an educational setting for the school’s students.

The Simulation Hospital will facilitate inter-professional collaborations, whereby nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals will work in teams to improve patient safety outcomes. It also will be a test site for new healthcare products and patient safety research. The gift supports the naming of the simulation hospital courtyard.

“For 65 years, the School of Nursing and Health Studies has been an innovator in healthcare education and research,” said Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano. “The Simulation Hospital is the most exciting and forward- thinking initiative in our school’s history. We are exceedingly grateful to this generous donor, whose commitment will undoubtedly inspire others to join our mission of preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders, while enhancing safe patient care provision in our community and beyond.”

The School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Simulation Hospital is a key priority of the school’s Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, as well as a critical part of the school’s commitment to helping resolve the national healthcare crisis resulting from patient safety breaches as well as a rapidly aging population of both patients and nurses.

Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami seeks to advance learning, elevate scholarship, and make bold strides in healthcare in the community, across the country, and around the world. Momentum2 comes on the heels of the institution’s record-breaking Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.

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