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March 1 ,2016 - Julie Walker, mother of a former King’s student who died of sudden cardiac arrest, recently visited the College to view a cardiac simulator purchased with funds provided by a Foundation established in her daughter’s memory.

The cardiac simulation models are patient simulator that safely allows for the training of clinical skills, cognitive thinking and behavioral communication in an educational setting.  The manikin and accompanying computer, which provide life-like respiratory, cardiac and abdominal sounds, are used in the physical diagnosis labs that are part of the curriculum of King’s physician assistant majors.

Peyton Walker was a physician assistant major when she died unexpectedly in November 2013. Based in Mechanicsburg, the Peyton Walker Foundation has been established to provide routine EKG screenings at no cost for students and student athletes as a means of early detection for heart-related issues.  Funds from the Foundation are also used to fund a scholarship for King’s physician assistant students.

Pictured in front row, from left, is Diana Easton, director of the King’s Physician Assistant Program; physician assistant major Hilary White; and Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president.

Pictured in back row, from left, are King’s physician assistant majors Nicholas Ciccone, Dane Darnell, and Amylyn Mortimer; and Julie Walker.