University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB Awarded Grant from The Meadows Foundation

December 11, 2012
Simulation Center in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center
Simulation Center in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center

Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Meadows Foundation to help develop a state-of-art simulation center in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center.

“We are grateful that The Meadows Foundation has chosen to partner with us in our efforts to reduce the critical nursing shortage both in Texas and nationwide,” UMHB president Randy O’Rear said.

The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center is a 76,100-square-foot building that is set to open in January for UMHB’s spring semester. The center will include a special hospital simulation area complete with a nurses’ station, four standard hospital rooms, an ER/trauma room, a labor and delivery room, a room for critical care, and a home health simulation room.  Each of the rooms will include a computerized patient simulator and video cameras to record students as they offer care to the “patients.”  The suite will also include a control room for running the simulations and three debriefing rooms where professors can critique a student’s performance.

“The generosity of The Meadows Foundation will help make it possible for many deserving students to practice care responses in realistic settings, and also enable them to be better qualified to join the nursing profession upon graduation,” O’Rear said.

Algur H. Meadows established General American Oil Company of Texas in 1939 and led it to become one of the nation’s most successful independent oil and gas production companies. The success of GAO provided Meadows and his wife, Virginia, the financial resources to support charitable organizations throughout Texas.

Believing that their lives had been richly blessed, the couple established The Meadows Foundation in 1948 to benefit the people of Texas. In doing so, they stipulated that the Foundation’s philanthropy would continue in perpetuity under the guidance of family members and trusted advisors.

Since its inception, The Meadows Foundation has disbursed in excess of $760 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Grants have been awarded both in large urban areas and small rural communities and in every Texas county. The Foundation looks for programs and services that employ imaginative, innovative ways to solve community problems through projects leading to organizational self-sufficiency and in capital plans that enable agencies to flourish.

For information about The Meadows Foundation, visit the foundation’s website at