MONTROSE - Colorado Mesa University continues with capital improvements to its Montrose campus, and when the renovations are complete this fall, the health sciences program will have the benefit of improved medical equipment, thanks to a recent donation.
Jim and Sharen Branscome, Montrose community leaders and philanthropists, donated $55,000 for the university to purchase a SimMan Essential Patient Simulator, a realistic, full-body (adult-sized) wireless patient simulator to assist in the teaching of core skills of airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management, according to CMU.
“Sharen and I are delighted to help support this highly successful and growing program which is helping provide nurses who stay and work in the this area,” Jim Branscome said.
The nursing program at the Montrose campus is in its seventh year. Ninety-three students have graduated and gone on to become registered nurses, according to CMU. Of the 332 students enrolled at Montrose last semester, 121 were in pre-nursing classes.
The campus has been under renovation since earlier this year, and students will soon benefit from larger classrooms. There will be new labs and video conferencing space, as well group study areas. The administration offices are being consolidated; lighting is being improved and new equipment, in addition to the simulator, will be added to the newly created library space, said Dana Nunn, CMU spokeswoman.
“A lot of the improvements are geared toward the nursing program, but overall, regardless of their academic program, the Montrose Campus students will see improved facilities,” she said.