Bethlehem News

Published on January 30th, 2019

Laros Foundation Grant Supports St. Luke’s Simulation Center

The family legacy of Russell K. and Helen K. Laros lives on through their great-granddaughter Elizabeth Shimer Bowers, the newest Trustee of the R.K. Laros Foundation. On January 17, Elizabeth, on behalf of the Foundation, presented St. Luke’s University Health Network with a $20 thousand gift to help fund the purchase of a virtual anatomy table for the Network’s Simulation Center.

The table, developed by Anatomage, takes anatomy education to the next level for St. Luke’s medical and nursing students. It has a life-size full body display and comes equipped with a comprehensive library of clinical content, including case studies, interactive games, and quizzes – the perfect mix for improved information retention and educational outcomes.

Like “Simone,” the “mom simulator” in the center whose purchase was supported by a generous grant from the R. K. Laros Foundation, the Anatomage Table provides educational opportunities on cadavers without the involvement of an actual patient.

“Quality of educational resources and quality of patient care go hand-in-hand,” stressed R.K. Laros Foundation Executive Director, Sharon Jones Zondag. “St. Luke’s is a cornerstone of the health of our community. This piece of technology will help better engage and train various cohorts of learners and will make a remarkable impact on the future of modern medicine.”

The R.K. Laros Foundation is a long-time supporter of St. Luke’s, having previously contributed to the development of its inpatient hospice, advancements in dental medicine, medical and nursing school initiatives, and much more.

“It is exciting that Elizabeth joined the Board in time to present this gift to St. Luke’s,” Zondag said. “She, like all members of the Board, embodies the mission of our organization. To have another member of the Laros family help execute that mission is a significant milestone for us and for the community.”

The technology will add to The Network Simulation Center’s existing inventory of procedural skills training equipment, robotic simulators, and standardized patients.

“Simulation is an essential part of medical education, as well as continuing education for existing health care staff,” said Megan Augustine, M.Ed., St. Luke’s Director of the Network’s Simulation Center. “It’s an opportunity for them to enhance their skills.”

About R.K. Laros Foundation, Inc.

R.K. Laros Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust, established by Mr. Russell K. Laros and Mrs. Helen K. Laros with a Deed of Trust on November 16th, 1952. The Foundation was established to support community non-profit organizations serving the arts, education, environment, health, historical preservation and public and human services. The Foundation welcomes grant proposals for projects that will have a lasting impact for the organization and the community it serves.

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