LSSC Dedicates Ann Dupée Nursing Simulation Center Dr. Stan Sidor (left) and Grant Tribble unveil the plaque at the new Ann Dupee Nursing Simulation Center in South Lake.

Lake-Sumter State College and the LSSC Foundation dedicated the Ann Dupée Nursing Simulation Center on the South Lake campus on Monday.

“Ann Dupée was a positive force for the South Lake community that she loved so much,” said Dr. Stan Sidor, LSSC President at Monday’s ceremony. “It’s our honor to dedicate this simulation center for her today. We appreciate all the support she’s given to this College, especially in growing this campus in Clermont.”

In addition to being used by nursing students, the Ann Dupée Nursing Simulation Center will be by students in the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy (HSCA). HSCA is a 4-year experience that offers students the experience to complete an A.A. degree at LSSC before graduating high school, and gaining valuable real-world experience with practitioners in Orlando Health South Lake Hospital.

HSCA is offered in collaboration with Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, Lake County Schools, UCF, and Montverde Academy.

“We are extremely appreciative of this gift from Ann and her family,” said Dr. Laura Byrd, VP of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, LSSC Foundation. “This gift allowed for the purchase of a high-fidelity manikin for use in the simulation center. These manikins allow for our students to practice in realistic patient settings using current healthcare technology.”

Advanced simulation centers are increasingly becoming a vital part of the nursing and patient care curricula. Simulation education provides students with practical training experiences and serve as an important supplement to hands-on clinical experiences.