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

Kathy Dean News Leave a Comment

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.

About the Author
Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, 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 the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.