Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J., has received a $5 million grant — matching the biggest gift in the hospital’s history – for its Institute for Simulation Learning, according to a news release.
The funds, which are from The Russell Berrie Foundation, will be used to expand the physical operation, staff and equipment of the institute. Nurses, physicians, medical students, emergency responders and corporate participants are trained to promote patient safety and foster humanism in medicine, according to the release.
“We’re so grateful to the Berrie Foundation for this grant, which will allow us to expand on the work we’ve been doing for the past two years,” Cedar Wang, APN, director of simulation education, said in the release. “Communication and teamwork are some of the soft skills that really make a difference in the care we provide. Simulation training offers the perfect environment to practice these skills and to make sure we are ready when it really matters.”
Established in 2013, the institute teaches healthcare providers and emergency workers through real-life scenarios, using actors and high-tech manikins, how to handle unplanned events and complications that may arise during medical procedures or emergency situations.
“At the beginning this was about improving skills, but it’s so much more,” Michael Maron, president and CEO of Holy Name, said in the release. “It’s an integration of multiple specialties that is transformational in how we care for patients and how the staff works as a team, while anticipating variables that can occur. We want to weave this educational component into the entire fabric of Holy Name.”
More than 2,300 healthcare professionals, first responders and nursing students from the region have been trained at the institute and the demand is growing, according to the release. Thanks to the grant, the institute will expand to include new practice rooms, computers, software and simulators to increase the number of simulation-based courses available.
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