William G. Smith Simulation Center Opens as a result of the Community's Generosity
Fort Dodge, IA — UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center and Iowa Central Community College proudly announce that through the generosity and commitment of families, community members, corporations, foundations, trusts and other organizations, Iowa Central Foundation and Trinity Foundation have raised a total of $985,000 surpassing their $900,000 fundraising goal for the simulation center.
“Thanks to the generosity of so many people, this innovative simulation center will provide enhanced educational opportunities to our students, workforce and regional resources,” shared Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College. “A special thanks to Marlys Smith for her significant gift to name the center in memory and honor of her husband, the late William G. Smith. The William G. Smith Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art educational environment and a wonderful tribute to his memory.”
The $985,000 total also includes significant gifts from individuals and other organizations including: John & Lin Simpson, Kolacia Construction, Citizen’s Community Credit Union, Dr. Liz Day & Dr. Mark Berry, Central Iowa Distributing, Wells Fargo Bank, John and Margo Daniel, Dr. Terry and Pam Hopper, Dr. Eric Pearson, Dr. Eric Knox and Dr. Jonathan DeJong, Great Western Bank, Northwest Bank, Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust, Deanna L. Mallinger, Clyde and Diane Knupp, Terry and Jolene Allers, The Kersten Family, and other individuals and anonymous contributors.
Grants were received from Telligen Community Initiative, Rotary District 5970, Fort Dodge Noon Rotary, Fort Dodge Daybreak Rotary, Webster City Rotary, Eagle Grove Rotary and Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma.
“We are grateful for the community’s support and humbled by the overwhelming donations that made this campaign a success,” said Mike Dewerff, President and CEO of Trinity Regional Medical Center. “Limited naming opportunities are still available for interested donors.”
The 10,000 square foot simulation center, located on 4North at Trinity Regional Medical Center, includes a skills lab, medication prep lab, medical surgical lab, delivery, nursery, pediatric labs, apartment setting, critical care, emergency and ambulance simulator labs, as well as classrooms, offices and nurses station. All labs contain video capability for increased learning accessibility.
Last night a private donor event was held to recognize contributors to the campaign and to celebrate the upcoming opening. The William G. Smith Simulation Center is scheduled to open for Iowa Central Community College’s second semester students later this month.