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Published on June 16, 2011

Gift advances technology at MPC nursing school



Brenda Moore, Community Hospital, (831) 625-4544
Robin Venuti, Monterey Peninsula College Foundation, (831) 655-5507

Photographs available upon request

MONTEREY, Calif. — Technology has continued to revolutionize nursing training at Monterey Peninsula College, thanks to an anonymous gift made to Community Hospital Foundation to benefit the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing.

A generous gift of more than $115,000 has brought new advances to the school’s simulation lab, where students interact with life-like robotic patients, responding to a range of health-related scenarios. The gift enabled the purchase of two new electronic mannequins, software, curriculum, and other related materials for the lab, which was built with contributions and grants to MPC and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, partners in founding and operating the nursing school. 

 “This contribution will have a broad impact, benefiting students, Community Hospital, which hires many MPC graduates, and, most importantly, patients,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital.

“The nursing school’s goal is to maintain an environment that is comparable to what nurses experience in actual clinical settings and this gift helps us do that,” says Robin Venuti, executive director of the MPC Foundation.

The simulation lab was established in 2007 and since then, hundreds of students have learned from the mannequins and the scenarios carried out by the nursing school instructors in a hospital-like setting. The “patients” are given names, written histories, doctors’ orders, and specific symptoms. Simulations are incorporated in each of the four semesters of nursing school and provide an opportunity for students to practice in a safe learning environment. 

The new mannequins are even easier to operate than their predecessors and are also portable, meaning they can be brought out of the lab and into the classroom, to seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge with practice.

“The use of patient simulation is an essential component of the curriculum of the nursing school and staying up-to-date technologically is vital to our students and the patients they will eventually care for,” says Cheryl Jacobson, director of the nursing school.

Each year, the highly competitive and rigorous Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing graduates about 36 students with an associate of science degree, leading to licensure as registered nurses.



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at



Founded in 1947, MPC is one of 110 colleges in the California Community College System, the focal point for learning beyond the secondary school. It endeavors to assist all who participate in its varied objectives to realize their highest potential as individuals, and also to realize their rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the community and the larger society of which they are a part. The college offers courses to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, to prepare for the workplace, to update work skills or prepare for a new career, to gain a general education, and to improve basic skills in mathematics, reading, writing and science. The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing is a partnership between MPC and Community Hospital. In 2010, the nursing school celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first graduation. For more information about MPC go to For more information about the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing go to

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