Bellarmine University will receive $1 million to fund a new Simulation Training Center thanks to an omnibus appropriations package signed into law by President Joe Biden.
The Simulation Training Center will expand Bellarmine’s existing Simulation Laboratory, according to a press release from the school.
Simulation laboratories provide immersive learning experiences for health care students and practitioners and include realistic clinical rooms, manikins and equipment, according to the school.
Simulated learning centers mimic clinical scenarios and give students detailed feedback, while minimizing time spent in direct contact with patients, the release said.
In addition to serving current Bellarmine students, the university plans to use the new center to extend its services to include students in kindergarten through 12th grade interested in health careers.
It will also “provide professional development opportunities for federally qualified health center staff and other regional healthcare practitioners,” the release said.
With the funding, Bellarmine said, it will purchase medical simulation technology, hire and train faculty, support partnerships with the community and assist students.
In its press release, Bellarmine thanked Congressman John Yarmuth for his effort to include the center’s funding in the omnibus bill. Rep. Yarmuth submitted a community-project funding request for the center.
“On behalf of Bellarmine University, our community partners and the region we collectively serve, we thank U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth for securing the funding for this important training center,” Bellarmine President Susan M. Donovan said. “Enhancing our ability to provide excellent healthcare providers supports Bellarmine’s history of community leadership and service.”
Yarmuth said in the release, “From investing in our community to helping promote racial equity and accessibility, this funding will help support Louisville and the outstanding people who call it home.”