American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Makes Major Gift to Providence Hospital

May 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE – PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL
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American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has donated $1 million to Providence Hospital in Southfield. The generous donation will be used to renovate and equip the hospital's expanded Surgical Simulation and Procedural Skills Training Center. 

“American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is proud to join Providence Hospital in this important endeavor focused on improving patient safety and training students, residents, staff physicians and allied health professionals to provide patient-centered care as part of a highly integrated medical team,” says Heidi Chumley, M.D., executive dean and chief academic officer, AUC.

Providence Hospital’s expanded Surgical Simulation and Procedural Skills Training Center, scheduled to open in 2015, will support St. John Providence Health System’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered care, grounded in evidence-based science.

This new 6,800-square-foot, high-tech center will house:

  • a procedural skills training room equipped with task trainers and high-fidelity simulation models
  • a virtual reality surgical skills training room
  • a simulated operating room and two team training rooms that can be used as delivery rooms, emergency exam rooms or other clinical settings
  • exam rooms for viewing and assessing clinical skill performance with simulated patients
  • conference rooms to debrief training sessions
  • a large classroom to host workshops and conferences


“The donation from AUC is vitally important to Providence Hospital. Simulation training is a critical component of the medical education program for Providence’s physicians, medical students and residents, nurses and other health professionals, and will help to ensure the highest level of patient care at Providence and Providence Park Hospitals," says David Dull, M.D., chief medical officer at Providence. “Through highly technical and realistic simulation in a multidisciplinary setting, participants are able to hone their skills, gain expertise and adopt the latest protocols through hands-on experience.”

This gift from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is part of Providence Health Foundation’s $2.5 million fundraising initiative for the Providence Hospital Surgical Simulation and Procedural Skills Training Center.

For more than 100 years, Providence Hospital has been a premier provider of compassionate and leading edge health care in southeastern Michigan. Providence is a member of St. John Providence Health System, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan. St. John Providence Health System provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.