New simulation center in Normal is giving physicians a leg up when treating patients

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NORMAL, Ill. — Advocate Bromenn Medical Center in Normal prides itself on being able to provide the best care for patients, and now leaders will be able to take that a step further. 

As we know the healthcare landscape continues to change. While most physicians have already had their time in school, extra lessons are always needed to keep them on top of their game.

On Thursday Advocate Bromenn introduced a new Simulation Center that will help hospital staff treat patients better.

“Here we don’t have real life consequences,” said Simulation Center Manager, Dikera Gutierrez. “We can practice those high risk, low frequency medical events, emergencies and those sort of things.

Hospital staff will now be able to experiment and collaborate on new ideas for treating patients.    

Although everyone in a hospital has different jobs, leaders say because they work in the same building, it’s important to learn to work together.

“It’s unacceptable for anyone to practice anything on patients anymore,” said Dr. Hannah Watts, Medical Director for the Simulation Center. “We want to make sure that we are having the opportunity to, not only practice basic skills, but to practice as a team.”

The center has manakins that can blink and simulate breathing. The manakins also have working pulses and react to the care it’s receiving.

Beyond helping the staff, leaders are hoping this facility becomes a catalyst for people seeking medical jobs.

“We are excited about the opportunity to reach out to the students in the community.” said Advocate Bromenn President, Colleen Kannaday. “It may be an opportunity for them to come together and to learn about simulation. We think it might even enhance their interest in health care professions.”

Advocates Normal location marks the 10th Advocate facility to have one of these simulation centers.

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