United Regional and Midwestern State University enjoy a partnership
that has only grown stronger over the years. And the newest building on campus,
Centennial Hall, offers a fresh opportunity to work together and provide an
even better future for students.
The MSU Texas Board of Regents approved a 10-year corporate
sponsorship agreement Thursday for the United Regional Interprofessional
Education Suite in the new health sciences building that will open this fall. The
grand opening will be from 3:30-6 p.m. Friday, September 6.
“Our continued partnership with United Regional is a
wonderful example of working together to bring about exceptional educational
and training opportunities for our students and faculty as well as hospital
employees,” MSU Texas President Suzanne Shipley said.
“United Regional values our long-standing partnership with
Midwestern State University. We feel very fortunate to be the beneficiary of
many talented, well-trained students that graduate from MSU every year,” United
Regional President and CEO Phyllis Cowling said.
The sponsored suite and endowment scholarship will provide
the space and financial support to advance a principle philosophy of Gunn
College of Health Sciences and Human Services -- having students and faculty
from different programs and backgrounds interact and learn from one another. According
to Jeff Killion, Dean of College of Health & Science Services, “this
creates a powerful learning experience, emphasizing critical thinking, and the
importance of collaboration to solve simulated real-world scenarios.”
The corporate sponsorship contributes $400,000 to purchase
additional simulation equipment, $50,000 for simulation center operations, and
$50,000 to endow a health sciences scholarship that will rotate among Nursing,
Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Care.
The Interprofessional Education Suite allows students an
opportunity to experience a modern medical facility. Equipped with a surgical
stretcher and surgical boom that is ergonomically centralized to provide air,
oxygen, electrical outlets, and lighting, the suite will have the flexibility
for a wide variety of interactive case scenarios, Killion said. “It will mimic
a high-tech operating room. Students will participate in learning sessions with
high-fidelity patient simulation manikins directed by instructors from a
control room,” he added.
The suite will have the capability to record learning
sessions by cameras located in the ceiling. Recordings will be used for
debriefing students. The suite will also allow for the use of portable x-ray
and respiratory equipment.
“Simulation-based learning is one example of the
high-quality and progressive education MSU students receive,” Cowling said. “These
real-life experiences presented in a learning environment enable students to
develop knowledge, skills, and confidence that lead to better outcomes on the
“Initiatives such as this strengthen our community and
highlight the talent and dedication of our two institutions to meet the needs
in the health-care industry,” Shipley said.
The generous contribution is an investment United Regional
believes benefits students for many years to come.
MSU Texas Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
James Johnston is also enthused about the new opportunities created for
students with this partnership.
“This corporate sponsorship by United Regional represents an
investment in the quality of health care and health care providers in our
region by United Regional and MSU Texas,” Johnston said. “The investment in the
community will help attract and retain talented individuals for the Wichita
Falls area. United Regional and MSU Texas have a great history together, and
this latest agreement strengthens that relationship as we continue to lead