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Dow Foundation $1 million gift establishes new pediatric simulation center

August 6, 2010

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland has provided $1 million to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine to support medical education training of pediatric and family medicine physicians throughout Michigan.

The two-part gift will establish and name the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Pediatric Simulation Center to be based at the college's new headquarters at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids. The gift also will create the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Endowed Fund for Pediatric Training to support programming at the center.

"This outstanding gift allows our college to create a state-of-the-art pediatric simulation center using the most advanced medical education technology available," said Marsha D. Rappley, dean of the College of Human Medicine.

"Because pediatric training is one of the most challenging areas in medicine, the establishment of this core asset allows MSU to deliver the highest quality medical education across the state of Michigan."

Medical simulation is an advancing field of medical training that incorporates computerized full-body physiological mannequins and simulated patients, role-playing actors who are trained to replicate medical conditions and the behaviors of patients. MSU's College of Human Medicine will offer medical simulation opportunities covering the life span of patients.

"Our contribution goes beyond a monetary gift," said Margaret Ann Riecker, president of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. "Our foundation's support will empower MSU to provide the most advanced, innovative pediatric medical education to future physicians who will ultimately care for our babies and young children in Michigan."

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Pediatric Simulation Center will join the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Geriatric Simulation Center in the college's Secchia Center. In addition, the college will have a surgical simulation suite equipped by Skytron.

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the fifth largest in Michigan, focuses on improving the educational, religious, economic and cultural lives of people in Michigan.


Marsha Rappley, College of Human MedicineCollege of Human Medicine 
Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD