Stephanie Cooke, left, an RN and instructor at the University of Southern Maine, and Shannon Gouzie, a simulation technician, set up a simulation lab at USM’s Portland campus on Tuesday. On the bed behind them is a patient simulator. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

The University of Southern Maine on Tuesday unveiled a new $2.5 million training facility and simulation lab for nursing students.

The Boyne Family Advanced Simulation and Interprofessional Education Center is located on two floors of the Science Building in Portland. It includes a simulation lab that replicates hospital rooms and a patient’s home, an athletic and physical training teaching lab, and provides the capacity to train future nurses in telehealth and mobile health monitoring.

USM paid for the facility with a $1 million gift from the Boyne family and $1.5 million from a 2018 voter-approved workforce development bond. John and Candy Boyne of Freeport have a daughter, Sarah Boyne, who graduated from USM’s Nurse Practitioner program in 2008 and is a practicing nurse in Maine.

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