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Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital debuts new simulation unit, life-like mannequins

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. -- Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital debuted its new simulation unit Wednesday.

It will use the facility and several technologically advanced mannequins as a training area for doctors, nurses, and other staff.

"Frankly, I'm not aware of any other hospitals in our region that have this technology. It's going to open up many doors for us," said hospital CEO William A. Kenley.

The simulation unit is a part of the Women's and Children's Hospital.

There are life-like mannequins that can breathe, blink, talk, take an IV, have a seizure, undergo surgery, and more.

Each mannequin is worth between $30,000 and $35,000.

"Not every hospital has a simulation lab. We are very fortunate in the Mid-South to have this available to us," said Dr. Arthur Townsend.