One of Scottsdale Healthcare’s newest patients has died several times, but he just keeps coming back to life.
His name is SimMan, a “human patient simulator” with electronic functions that allow him to breathe, have a pulse, talk and clench his jaws.
He’s the result of a $28,000 gift from Scottsdale residents Betsy Scrivner and her daughter, Barbara, to the nursing program at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea.
The donation was made in the name of Guy Scrivner, Betsy’s husband, who died in 2004. He was an educator who received treatment at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, and Betsy said she wanted to do something to benefit an educational program and the hospital.
“I wanted to do something he would approve of,” she said. “I think he knows.”
SimMan is a boon to the nursing program, which just began spring classes last week with 120 students. The program is a partnership between the hospital and Scottsdale Community College.
Scottsdale student Rod Tyler said it was interesting to work with SimMan.
“He promises to be one of our less difficult patients,” he said.
Although working with real patients is necessary, the technology will help enhance the care nurses can give, he said.
“We probably can approach real patients with more experience,” he added.
The nursing program allows students to apply for a registered nurse license after completing an 18-month program. Scottsdale Healthcare employees represent half of the new students, and the company has contributed part-time faculty for the program.