How to Improve Outcomes and Quality of Care through Simulation Centers
Success requires preparation and there's no better way to prepare than by simulating the experience, whether it's flying to the moon or performing surgery. Hospital-like simulation centers, attached to hospitals or academic institutions, are becoming more and more popular as technology improves and healthcare procedures become more complex. Immersing future and current healthcare workers in a realistic environment creates realistic reactions, gives workers practice in rehearsing and remembering those reactions, and, ultimately, yields better patient outcomes. Join Todd Buerger and Mike Castor from BSA LifeStructures as they share best practices for designing simulation centers.
- Discuss how a simulation center can enhance patient care, safety and clinical outcomes.
- Explore how to use design to foster connections between multiple institutions and their nursing and medical students, nurses and physicians/residents.
- Integrate business plans and curriculums into design.
- Blend the healthcare and academic experience into one facility.
- Understand how to recreate a realistic healthcare environment in a simulation center.
Todd Buerger, AIA, ACHA
Todd has been involved with the design of healthcare and health science facilities for more than 19 years. As a healthcare architect, Todd has been recognized for pioneering patient unit design that minimizes or eliminates patient transfers by allowing the full range of acuity to be served from the same room. In addition the nursing and services for the unit are located to the patient room, minimizing steps for nurses and reducing space required in support areas for storage. This unit concept also has been innovative for including the family in the continuum of care.
Todd's significant design experience includes two of nation's medical simulation centers - new simulation center for Clarian Health and Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a simulation center for WakeMed Health in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mike Castor, PE, LEED® AP
Senior Director, Engineering Services
Mike leads the commissioning services group at BSA LifeStructures, bringing more than a dozen years of systems consulting experience to his projects. Specifically, Mike's expertise is in operational consulting for the healthcare and industrial market segment. He has provided consulting services to various industrial clients for several manufacturing industries including: pharmaceutical, textiles, automotive, commercial printing, glassware and breweries.
He takes a holistic approach for systems engineering on complex projects, understanding that a project's success is based on collaboration of all design disciplines, contractors and the owner. His expertise in complex systems engineering in both the healthcare and learning environment has translated well to the design and commissioning of simulation centers. His experience includes a newly opened simulation center for Clarian Health and Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michael A. Seropian, M.D., FRCPC
OHSU Schools of Medicine and Nursing
Michael A. Seropian, M.D., FRCPC, Associate professor, is a practicing pediatric anesthesiologist and faculty member for the OHSU Schools of Medicine and Nursing. He has more than 14 years of experience in simulation education development and training. His initial contact with simulation was during his years at Harvard University. He has since developed and designed multiple simulation facilities and has been instrumental in developing multiple simulation collaboratives and ventures. As founder and the past Co-director of the OHSU Simulation and Clinical Learning Center, he had oversight over the implementation and delivery of simulation education to both nursing and medical specialties. He is currently the Medical Director of Simulation for OHSU and the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Seropian is a founding member and current Chair of the Oregon Simulation Alliance. The Oregon Simulation Alliance was responsible for facilitating the development of over 25 simulation education programs. Along with Bonnie Driggers RN, MS, MPA, he co-authored "The Oregon Simulation Readiness Report", which presented a comprehensive look at the needs and readiness of sites in Oregon for simulation education. They have also authored a comprehensive simulation readiness assessment for the San Francisco Bay Area. These reports represent the only statewide and urban assessments in print, and represent a process and approach for the implementation of simulation that looks to be forward-thinking and progressive. The foundations of the assessment and implementation methodology are based on sound business principles and an in-depth knowledge around simulation. Dr. Seropian and Ms. Driggers co-founded SimHealth Consulting Services, LLC that among other things has worked closely with Dieter Zimmer in the Pacific Northwest OB Collaborative and Idaho initiative. Dr. Seropian has received training and consultation national and international requests in the area of simulation education, facility design, program development, assessment and implementation. Dr. Seropian serves as a member of the Governing Council of the Institute for Health Improvement Health Professions Education Collaborative and is Treasurer and a Board member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He also sits on the American Society of Anesthesiology committee on simulation education. He is eager to see simulation education programs develop successfully, irrespective of discipline or specialty.
- This program meets the requirements for CHSP Continuing Education Credits.