The Crampton Trust $50,000 Grant Brings ‘Athena’ Patient Simulator to Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice at University of Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile College of Health Professions welcomed a new “patient” to the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice, through the support of The Crampton Trust.

The “Athena” high-fidelity female patient simulator is a wireless and tether-less manikin that allows for realistic simulation training for healthcare students.

Professors can program the simulator to exhibit a variety of symptoms and create realistic situations that School of Nursing students can experience in a laboratory setting before encountering them in the real world.

The Crampton Trust awarded a $50,000 grant to UM as part of its ongoing commitment to healthcare education and University of Mobile students.

“Through the generosity of the Crampton Trust, we are not just transferring knowledge to our students; we are transferring the experiences that will strengthen their ability to apply that knowledge to a higher standard at the bedside in an actual care environment,” said Jenelle McElroy, director of the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice.

The Crampton Trust was founded by Katherine Crampton Cochrane in honor of her father, noted Mobile physician Orson L. Crampton. She also established a separate trust that provides scholarships for University of Mobile students. Mrs. Cochrane died in 1992 at the age of 92.

Over the years, the Trust has provided over $700,000 in support to University of Mobile. The Trust awards grants in the areas of education, civics and humanities in southwest Alabama.



About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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