New Simulation Training Center Opens - VA Portland Health Care System
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New Simulation Training Center Opens

Ribbon cutting at the event.

Photo left to right: Darwin Goodspeed, Portland VA Health Care System Director, Angela Emerson, Education Division Administrative Officer, Jennie Fleischmann, Education Division Acting Director/DLO, Kathleen Chapman, Deputy Director of Patient Care Services, Jennifer Richardson, Nurse Practitioner, Catherine Crespo, Nurse Educator, Tim Hughes, Medical Media, Craig Winbush, Supervisory Program Specialist Education Division.

Monday, February 11, 2019

On January 9, 2019, Portland VA Health Care System opened a new location for the Simulation Training Program (STP) located on the second floor of building 101 at the Portland VA Medical Center. The event included a ribbon cutting and open house.

The simulation training center showcases over 1000 square feet, featuring an outpatient room, inpatient room, observation room, simulation briefing and training room, as well as a CPR voice-assisted mannequin station.

“We’re excited about providing a state-of-the art, interdisciplinary training modality for our doctors, nurses, and staff across multiple specialties,” said Catherine Crespo, Nurse Educator at Portland VA Health Care System. “This new space gives us a dedicated, psychologically-safe place to hone skills and teach effective communication and critical decision-making.”

A life-like mannequin rests on the exam table of the primary care simulation room.

A life-like mannequin rests on the exam table of the primary care simulation room.

The rooms are set up like Portland VA Health Care System’s patient care areas and the mannequins can simulate conditions such as COPD, cardiac arrest, sepsis, stroke and a heart attack.

“We also have task trainers that assist staff with learning about any area of the body so that they can do skills training,” said Crespo.

Catherine Crespo, Nurse Educator at Portland VA Health Care System, displays a mannequin in the simulated med-surge telemetry room.

Catherine Crespo, Nurse Educator at Portland VA Health Care System, displays a mannequin in the simulated med-surge telemetry room.

The open house was held on January 9 and 10 for any staff member to visit, learn about the center, and check out the equipment available.

“These rooms provide maximal flexibility to accommodate virtually any discipline – whether that’s critical care, primary care, operative care or nursing,” said Darwin Goodspeed, Director of VA Portland Health Care System. “The dedicated simulation training area is part of our commitment to honoring and providing our Veterans with exceptional care.”

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