Cape Fear Memorial Foundation Awards Grant to CFCC to Use Robotic Patient for EMS Training

The Cape Fear Memorial Foundation has granted $50,000 to Cape Fear Community College to acquire a high-tech adult patient simulator for use in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program. This simulator will give students the opportunity to realistically practice invasive and non-invasive procedures before they begin treating live patients. The simulators look much like mannequins, but respond in many ways as real humans do; they can speak, cry, sweat, blink, breathe and bleed. They even have pulses and blood pressures.

EMS instructor Thomas Herron is grateful to the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation for the grant and is excited about using this new technology to better prepare students to provide emergency medical care for residents in New Hanover and Pender counties. 

“With this technology, students will be exposed to many real life situations while still in a classroom setting before beginning their clinical and field internships,” Herron said. 

Last year, over 1,100 students enrolled in CFCC’s EMS training and the demand is expected to increase. CFCC offers both basic and advanced paramedic training at the North Campus in Castle Hayne. For more information, call 362-7512 or email