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LHU receives $250,000 for medical equipment

LOCK HAVEN — A $33.9 billion Pennsylvania state budget was approved by lawmakers for 2019-20, in which higher education was a priority and included overall increased state funding for the State System.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) was instrumental in securing funding in the budget for many programs across his district, including funding for Lock Haven University. As part of the state budget, Lock Haven University will receive $250,000 to support a simulation lab that will be located at UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven hospital.

“Lock Haven University is helping to make a positive difference both within our community and within the lives of their students,” Scarnati said. “The 2019-20 state budget was passed with no new tax increases and as part of the budget I was very pleased to be an advocate for this additional funding to aid students who are pursuing careers in health related fields. It is vital that we continue to support increased educational opportunities and ensure our workforce has knowledgeable, well-trained healthcare workers for our future.”

The funding for the simulation lab will aid in plans for the evolution of the university’s nursing and other healthcare programs, said Lock Haven University president Robert Pignatello.

“Establishing the School of Nursing and expanding our nursing programs to the main campus this fall will further enhance opportunities for potential students and meet the ever growing demand for nurses and other healthcare professionals,” Pignatello said.

“Medical simulation labs are essential elements of clinical training for healthcare professions and are integral to nursing education,” added Donna Wilson, provost and executive vice president at the university.

The simulation lab is fundamental to nursing education at Lock Haven University and will be used in nursing courses as well as other medical scenarios involving various healthcare professions education, such as physician assistant studies and for interprofessional training for healthcare teams. UPMC also will be able to utilize the lab for their own staff development.

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