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Spacelabs Healthcare, a medical equipment manufacturer based in Washington, has invested $720,000 into the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center at Springfield’s nursing laboratory. The generous investment will benefit UMass Amherst’s College of Nursing Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which serves as a pipeline for highly trained nurses to enter the region’s healthcare sector.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy tells UMass.edu, “It’s exciting that Spacelabs understands the benefits of investing in the College of Nursing. Nurses are at the frontline of healthcare, using these tools extensively. By providing our students with access to this equipment and fostering faculty research partnerships, Spacelabs has created an opportunity to develop the best possible healthcare management tools while contributing to our students’ educational experience and job training.”

The state-of-the-art equipment provided to the Springfield center includes two Sonicaid fetal/maternal monitors, ambulatory blood pressure monitors, multiple nursing monitors, and invasive cardiac outputs. Spacelabs’ gifts will help provide the opportunity to improve students’ experience in the nursing lab.

The 17-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program moved to the UMass Center in Springfield in 2017. Students training at the Springfield center are also in close proximity to leading healthcare facilities where they complete the clinical portion of their education. Since moving the program to Springfield, 10 new seats have been added to each incoming class.

Thanks to the new equipment, students can now practice at the level of real-world situations, developing critical thinking and psychomotor skills in a safe environment created specifically to enhance safety and health outcomes. To learn more about Spacelabs’ investment into UMass Amherst’s accelerated nursing program, visit here.

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