Media Advisory: Lifelike Patient Mannequins "Star" with UB Students in Behling Simulation Center Opening

Release Date: September 20, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Media are invited to attend the Sept. 20 grand opening the University at Buffalo's Behling Simulation Center on the fourth floor of Farber Hall, UB South Campus.

At 4 p.m., media will have the opportunity to tour the 10,000 square-foot facility and watch dozens of UB students and faculty members as they rehearse scenarios with extremely lifelike "patient" mannequins (yes, they can talk) simulating childbirth, a dental emergency and a poisoned child, as well as emergency room, operating room and homecare events.

Great visuals! Great health care story.

Media will have the opportunity to film the control room and the simulations being performed by UB students, and to talk to students watching a live feed of their classmates as they "treat" the patient mannequins.

The UB center is the first in the country designed to bring students in all five health sciences together to learn the way they will work in the community -- as members of a team.

Members of the media are welcome to stay for the grand opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Speakers include:

-- Jeffrey W. Myers, DO, director of the Behling Simulation Center

-- Lynn Kozlowski, dean, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions

-- Mark Lema, MD, chair of the UB Department of Anesthesiology, medical director of Roswell Park Surgical Services and president of the Medical Society of the County of Erie

-- Heather Johnson, UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student and graduate of UB School of Nursing

-- Michael E. Cain, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

-- UB President Satish K. Tripathi

--Linda Behling, daughter of Ralph Behling, the UB alumnus for whom the center is named and who donated $3 million to develop the center.

Press arrangements: Ellen Goldbaum in the UB Office of University Communications at 645-4605 and 771-9255 onsite.

Media Contact Information

Ellen Goldbaum
News Content Manager
Tel: 716-645-4605
Twitter: @UBmednews