Maryland General, Kernan And Maryland Physicians Care Make $75,000 Donation To Coppin's Helene Fuld School Of Nursing

For immediate release: October 20, 2008

Contact:

Marian Callaway

mcallaway@marylandgeneral.org | 410-225-8352

Funds to be used for virtual patient simulators

Baltimore, MD – Maryland General Hospital, Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital and Maryland Physicians Care have joined together to provide a $75,000 grant to The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing for the purchase of patient simulators. The check was presented on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at Maryland General Hospital, 827 Linden Ave., Baltimore, MD.

Patient simulators are virtual patients, built to simulate human characteristics and functions including blinking and dilating eyes, tearing, drooling, bleeding, pulsing, inhaling oxygen, exhaling carbon dioxide (with chest movement), talking, urinating, swelling tongue, etc. To assist in teaching students to handle real-life medical situations, these "patients" are capable of simulating nearly any possible human medical emergency, including allergic reactions, drug overdoses, a severed limb or other injuries and are able to recognize and respond to medical treatment and drugs.

"We are excited to receive this grant from Maryland General, Kernan and Maryland Physicians Care" noted Marcella Copes, Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing. "Their commitment to our nursing program will greatly enhance Coppin's ability to prepare nursing students to care for and predict changes in the real patients they will encounter."

The presentation on October 16th was made by Sylvia Smith Johnson, President and CEO of Maryland General Hospital, James Ross, CEO, Kernan Hospital and Cynthia Demarest, CEO of Maryland Physicians Care.

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About Maryland General Hospital

Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.