Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Visits Wallace Community College

February 3, 2011
Press Release
“Fascinating!” That’s how U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R-Alabama) described the $425,000 Wallace Community College Health Sciences Simulation Center on her first official visit to Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala. “I know you are proud of this,” she said to Wallace President Linda C. Young and a group of deans and associate degree nursing instructors.
Roby experienced first-hand the lab’s premiere unit, the SimMan 3G® wireless high-fidelity simulator, valued at $73,500. A product of Laerdal Medical, the 3G is considered one of the most advanced and reliable patient simulators in the world. It features realistic anatomy and provides accurate physical responses to human interaction, medication and software-driven medical scenarios. Roby witnessed the mechanical patient talking, blinking, breathing, and even perspiring, human elements that make the clinical experience as realistic as possible. Like a hospital setting, the lab includes hospital beds, monitoring systems, emergency carts, and other incidentals.

The center also features a high-fidelity maternal and neonatal birthing simulator and a high-fidelity SimBaby®, which offer realistic clinical experiences often off limits to students in the hospital setting.  

Fall 2010 statistics indicate 43.8 percent of the college population is enrolled in an allied health or nursing program or in pre-health sciences curriculum. More than 1,031 student rotations have been through the new facility since June, and more than 2,700 rotations have practiced simulation activities since the purchase of the first simulator in 2009.