The Petit Family Foundation Awards Grant to Goodwin

Goodwin College students using the Nursing and Health Science lab at the Riverside campus will soon enjoy an enhanced learning experience thanks to a gift from the Petit Family Foundation. A $17,728 grant will be used for the purchase of a SimMan® ALS, a realistic interactive model that facilitates training for a wide range of advanced lifesaving skills. The simulator provides unique opportunities for learning and critical training before students interact with patients.

From emergency assessment to definitive hospital care, SimMan ALS supports the unique training requirements of emergency healthcare providers and helps them strengthen skills in airway management, breathing assessment, palpation and auscultation, fluid resuscitation, ECG interpretation, defibrillation, and ultrasound assessment and diagnosis.

SimMan ALS can be used for the complete training of the American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course as well as a wide range of skills from basic assessment to critical care.

“This grant will have an incredible impact on our Nursing program. The ability to utilize this high fidelity simulator in our lab will bring scenarios alive to our students and facilitate their abilities to provide safe and effective patient-centered care in a variety of healthcare settings. It is a dream come true!” said Janice Watts, Goodwin’s Nursing School Department chair.

Brooke Penders, the College’s Vice President for Advancement, added, “We are incredibly honored that the Petit Foundation has recognized the work we are doing here to train the healthcare providers of tomorrow. This enhancement to our labs gives our students an even greater skillset when they go out into the workforce.”

On a related note, representatives from the College plan to participate in the ninth annual Petit 5K Road Race to be held on Sunday, July 17, in Plainville Connecticut. “We are hoping to bump our participation up from 1,200-1,300 runners to 2,000 runners,” said Dr. Bill Petit. “We have raised over $1 million from the start.” Runners, walkers, and volunteers to help out at the event are needed. Read more at