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The East Central University School of Nursing recently received a $51,943 grant to renovate part of the school into a simulation lab, which will assist nursing students. The funds came from the Valley View Health and Wellness Foundation, which awards grants to organizations that promote area residents’ health and well-being. Presenting the check at far left is Tom Bolitho, of the Valley View Foundation. Also pictured on the front row (from left) are Leah Lyon, ECU director of sponsored programs and research; Lori Wightman, president of Mercy Hospital, Ada; Dr. Katricia Pierson, ECU vice president for academic affairs; Buffy Lovelis, ECU Foundation, Inc. chief operating officer; Dr. Carolyn Lewis, ECU director of nursing and Todd Essary, Mercy Foundation Director. On the back row are: (from left) Dr. Gerald Williamson, ECU advancement officer; Jeremy Bennett, ECU director of information and technology; Dr. Carl Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Sciences and Jay Horne, ECU Foundation, Inc. chairman.


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