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DATE: 09/10/2008
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F. Marie Hall gift establishes new clinical simulation center at TTUHSC

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) officials announced a major gift from Marie Hall, a long time supporter of Texas Tech. The donation will be used to create a new clinical simulation center on the Lubbock campus.

TTUHSC President John C. Baldwin, M.D., said it is an honor to be affiliated with Ms. Hall.

“Ms. Hall carries forth the compassion she witnessed firsthand from her father, Dr. Granville T. Hall, and has displayed a lifetime of caring for others, in this case the compassion to inspire future healers,” Baldwin said. “Our institution is humbled and honored by her gift.”

The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center will be an educational clinical laboratory that will promote safe, quality patient care through innovative simulation technologies.

Ms. Hall’s gift will be used to assist with the renovation of 26,000 square feet on the west side of the first floor of TTUHSC. Simulation instruction areas will include:

• Authentic health care environments that include high tech equipment, mannequins, simulators and supplies needed to facilitate learning experiences such as an operating suite and scrub room

• Authentic simulated hospital patient rooms and clinic examination rooms to represent the patient care environment of a medical-surgical unit or long term care facility

• Virtual reality and 3D visualization that supports learning and competency evaluations by virtual reality and 3D visualization

• Computerized digital audio-visual system in all rooms

Sharon Decker, Ph.D., R.N., professor and director of Clinical Simulations and the Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education, said the F. Marie Hall SimLife center will provide students from TTUHSC and other health care professionals with a state-of-the art, interdisciplinary simulation center.

“The exemplar environment of the SimLife Center will enable TTUHSC to prepare students and practitioners for the challenges confronted in today’s dynamic health care environment,” Decker said.

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said it is an honor for TTUHSC to receive this gift. “Through Ms. Hall’s continued generosity, Texas Tech will continue to educate health care professionals for generations to come,” Hance said. “Ms. Hall is a leader in West Texas and has demonstrated great vision when it comes to our students and the health care profession.”

Ms. Hall’s other contributions to TTUHSC include the F. Marie Hall Synergistic Center, the F. Marie Hall Endowed Chair in Rural Health, the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, and the Smith, Vela and Patterson Senior Fellowships for Rural Health Research. She most recently established two chairs named for her parents, the Granville T. Hall, M.D., Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Florence Thelma Hall Chair for Nursing Excellence in Women’s Health.

The SimLife Center is expected to be completed in May 2010.

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