$74,735 to support
technology and training enhancements
(Hartford, Conn. February 16, 2015) – Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received a $74,735 grant from the
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to provide new
technology that will enhance the simulation-based medical education
capabilities of the Saint Francis Simulation Program.
grant, $41,000 will be used to create a simulation studio at Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 490 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford. Like the
facility at Saint Francis, the Mount Sinai studio will be used to create
simulated scenarios that, in addition to clinical skills, focus on
communication, teamwork, workflow, and safety. These sessions are videotaped to
allow clinical and other Hospital staff to receive feedback on their
$13,000 from the grant will go toward upgrading the equipment, technology, and
the video recording capability to maximize the learning experience related to
debriefing in the Nurses’ Simulation Lab located at Saint Francis.
these additions and upgrades will allow us to expand our program and better
serve our staff by providing an exceptional educational experience,” said
Robert Craig, Simulation Program Supervisor at Saint Francis.
Simulation Studio, located in the Innovation + Learning Center at Saint Francis,
is a high-fidelity, 1,141 square-foot facility that includes three patient
bays, a production/recording room, and three large adjacent conference rooms
for post-session debriefings. These conference rooms have the capability to
stream live or recorded video of the simulation session onto large screens
inside the debriefing rooms.
A prior $75,000
grant from CHEFA in 2013 helped establish the original simulation studio as one
of the most advanced simulation-based medical education facilities in
truly grateful for the continued support of CHEFA. Their commitment allows us to purchase and
install the latest technology designed for simulation-based medical education,
thus improving patient safety,” said Lynn B. Rossini, Chief Development
Officer, Saint Francis Foundation.
studio is equipped with numerous task trainers, i.e. specialized technology
that can simulate a wide variety of medical procedures and situations. This
allows students and veteran practitioners to master new medical equipment and
technology on mannequins before using it on patients. They also receive feedback
from the mannequin/patient, thereby improving the culture of patient safety
throughout the Hospital.
highly flexible space can be quickly set and re-set to replicate any clinical
setting (e.g. emergency department, operating room, Intensive Care Unit,
inpatient room, radiology unit, primary care office, etc.). The studio is
equipped with three video cameras and all simulations are videotaped for use in
the debriefing sessions following the medical simulation.
recording uses a simulation-based medical education software program,
StudioCode™, which is able to highlight specific components of the simulation
scenario based on specific learning objectives. StudioCode enhances the
debriefing sessions by allowing instant access to coded or “tagged” sections of
the video that are the focus of the advanced learning planned by the simulation
instructor. In the same building, there are two smaller simulation rooms, one
specifically for use by nurses and nursing students, and one for simulating rehabilitation
focus in the studio is the improvement of teamwork skills and team protocols,
efforts intended to support Saint Francis in our focus on delivering high-quality
healthcare in the community we serve,” said Nancy Krafcik-Rousseau, Ph.D.,
Chief of Staff to CEO Christopher Dadlez. “Saint Francis is focused on
delivering the best patient experience possible and using simulation helps us
to accomplish our vision.”
About the Connecticut Health and
Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) recently
announced $1.25 million in grants to 18 of its nonprofit client agencies
throughout the state. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State
Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and
other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is
self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. For more information
about CHEFA, visit www.chefa.com.
Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners.
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial
Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services
is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five
major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout
the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.