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University of Charleston unveils health simulation lab

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The University of Charleston has unveiled a new Health Science simulation lab.

University President Ed Welch said Friday the lab will help students practice real-world procedures. It was established in Riggleman Hall in part with a $1.5 million donation from the estate of the late Kanawha County Circuit Judge Robert K. Smith.

The lab includes mannequins that simulate sweating and bleeding and can be programmed with a variety of ailments and conditions.

Smith's estate donated $250,000 to the lab and $500,000 to find nursing scholarships. The other half of the $1.5 million will help establish an English as a Second Language program at the university.