James A. "Buddy" Davidson Charitable Foundation
Though Midland oilman James A. “Buddy” Davidson had no affiliation with UMHB during his lifetime, he and his wife, Sandra, became acquainted with the work of the university when they were patients at the nearby Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
“Buddy was impressed with the nurses who took care of us at Scott & White,” recalls Mrs. Davidson, “and when he visited with them, he learned that they were graduates of the UMHB nursing program. He told me that he wanted to do something to help the College of Nursing at UMHB. The foundation was formed to continue his charitable support of the causes he believed in, and in 2005 a grant was awarded to UMHB to establish a scholarship for nursing students.”
Since then, the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Endowed Nursing Scholarship has helped many students pursue their degrees in nursing at UMHB. When Mrs. Davidson and the directors of the foundation learned about plans to create a new facility for the nursing program, they decided to expand their support of nursing education at UMHB through a grant of $1 million for high tech laboratory equipment.
The Davidson grant will be used to equip two large clinical skills labs with computerized Sim Man mannequins. The high-fidelity “patients” will be programmed to manifest a variety of symptoms and to respond to care, both through vital signs and vocal responses. The grant will also help equip a hospital simulation suite that will include video cameras in every room, to record student responses as they offer care to the “patients.”
“We are very grateful to the James A. ‘Buddy’ Davidson Charitable Foundation for its generous support of the new nursing education center,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, UMHB president. “The equipment provided through this grant will elevate an already outstanding program to new levels of excellence. Through the use of these simulators, our nursing students will develop the skills needed to provide the highest level of care for their patients.”