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Trinity College Enters Final Renovation Phases

Trinity faculty member Diana Werdeiman stands next to the virtual dissection table.

Local nursing students can now practice dissection--on virtual, computerized manikins. They're part of the renovation of the Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation.

Rick Seidler, president of UnityPoint Health Trinity, says the renovations will expand the nursing program with state-of-the-art equipment. Enrollment at Trinity College is up 23 percent since 2013.

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President of UnityPoint Health Trinity Rick Seidler

Radiology student Tyler Petersen says the virtual dissection table is similar to an actual cadaver.

Not a cadaver but shows all sides of the body

The virtual dissection table is the only one of its kind in the region.

The entire 4,000 square foot renovation project at Trinity College of Nursing costs $895,000 and was funded through gifts and grants. Construction for the final phases will begin in December and include conference rooms and a study lounge, and other improvements.