JULY 24, 2015 – A $100,000 commitment from Georgetown graduates Linda O’Neill (NHS’77) and Timothy O’Neill (L’77) will help advance new activities within the innovative simulation center they supported through a naming gift over a decade ago.
Located within St. Mary’s Hall, the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center offers robust learning opportunities for students, including robotic patient simulators, standardized patients, and a new education-focused electronic health record system.
“Mr. and Mrs. O’Neill have been steadfast supporters of our school,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies. “Their generosity and service over the years have been transformative.”
Cloonan notes that a key focus of the NHS Strategic Plan is enhancing experiential learning opportunities, such as patient simulation, for the student body.
The 4,800-square-foot center includes high- and low-fidelity adult and pediatric patient simulators, exam rooms, and mock hospital units. This summer, the center added an education-focused electronic health record system and more video capabilities to enhance the student learning experience.
“We are deeply grateful for their most recent investment in us – one that supports growth in a strategic priority area and directly and immediately affects the learning environment for our faculty and students,” Cloonan says.
By Bill Cessato