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01-23-2012 Plum Creek Foundation provides funding for human simulator

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EL DORADO—The Warren campus of South Arkansas Community College will receive a life-sized human simulator manikin thanks to an $8,900 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation.

Officials at SouthArk received the award on Friday (Jan. 20).

“Plum Creek’s funds will help equip the Warren classroom with current, high-tech resources that will foster learning,” said SouthArk nursing program director Keitha Davidson. “This will ensure that the Warren nursing students have many of the same opportunities as their counterparts on the El Dorado campus.”

Simulation manikins provide students with the tools necessary to reflect real-life situations. The addition of theVitalSim simulation manikin at the Warren campus will allow students to practice skills such as patient assessment, care and procedures such as catheterization, injections and a wide range of other typical nursing duties. This experience is designed to help students become capable and confident caregivers prior to entering the hospital environment.

“Plum Creek recognizes how essential it is to have the necessary equipment for advanced learning,” said Plum Creek wildlife biologist Richard Stich. “We are proud to play an important role in ensuring the highest quality of education to the Warren community.”

The Plum Creek Foundation supports non-profit organizations that improve the overall quality of life in the communities where Plum Creek operates. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review submitted grant applications. A grant application, as well as more information about Plum Creek’s community support, is available at www.plumcreek.com/communityinvolvement.

SouthArk has two campuses in El Dorado in addition to the Warren satellite campus. Its state-defined service area is made up of Union, Bradley, Ashley and Chicot Counties. More information about the college is available at www.southark.edu and www.facebook.com/southark.

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Plum Creek resource forester tech Phillip Billings, far right, presents South Arkansas Community College nursing department director Keitha Davidson with a check in the amount of $8,900 for a human simulator manikin for the college’s Warren campus. Plum Creek wildlife biologist Richard Stich, far left, and SouthArk president Dr. Barbara Jones, second from left, look on in the nursing laboratory at the college’s Health Science Center in El Dorado. A simulator like the one that the Warren branch will receive is in the hospital bed. Billings works from the Farmerville, La., office. Stich’s office is in Crossett.

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