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YANKTON, S.D. | Avera Health will donate $1 million to Mount Marty College to support upgrades to the Avera Science and Nursing Center on the college’s Yankton campus.

A press release said the gift will help fund renovations to the center’s 9600 square foot second floor. The renovation will feature a high-fidelity simulation lab, expected to be completed next year, to advance education for MMC’s nursing students.

“By helping Mount Marty College build a nursing simulation lab, we can help students get hands-on clinical experience in a safe and controlled learning environment. This project benefits Avera, Mount Marty College, students and, ultimately, patients in our region,” said Doug Ekeren, regional president and CEO of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, in the release.

The simulators are mobile and may be moved to different settings, enabling MMC faculty to provide simulated, on-site training for scenarios such as athletic injuries or car accidents, the release said. 

“Avera’s investment in Mount Marty College and our students will have far-reaching impact on healthcare in our region as we continue to train the area’s top nursing staff. We are extremely grateful for Avera’s support,” said MMC President Marc Long in the release.

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