Colorado simulation system moves to new location
Banner Health’s new facility provides realistic training space
IT AV senior technicians Patrick O’Neil-Jeter and Juan Leal (on the ladder) finish wiring one of the patient training rooms at the new training center.
The goal is to improve clinical and patient outcomes.It boils down to improved patient outcomes.

Contact: Sara Quale

LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2020) — No one wants to be the test patient for new nurses or physicians to practice high-risk, infrequent events, and thanks to a new location for the Banner Health Simulation System that provides a realistic training space, Banner team members will be experienced and prepared when they see patients.

The Western Division Simulation System, formerly located in McKee Medical Center, is moving to new space at 1825 E. 18th St., just south of McKee. The new location, complete with realistic patient rooms, life-like mannequins, classrooms and office space, is twice the size of the prior location and serves as the training ground for staff from nine Banner hospitals in six states including those in Northern Colorado. The realistic training opportunities in the new facility will help improve patient safety and increase caregiver confidence.

Director of Simulation Systems for the Western Division Carrie Brandon said the aim is to create a space so realistic the trainees suspend their disbelief and create a muscle memory from practice that carries into the clinical practice.

“The best adult learning is when it is emotionally tied,” Brandon said. “We really can mimic the hospital with this new space and allow for realistic practice opportunities.”

The four rooms include a one-way mirror where simulation staff can control and observe scenarios in real-time from behind the glass in the “driver’s room.”

“The goal is to improve clinical and patient outcomes,” said Ginny Coates, clinical education specialist for
Banner’s Western Division. “It boils down to improved patient outcomes.”

The McKee Wellness Foundation helped fund the newly converted state-of-the-art 2,900 square-foot space. They open the new space on March 2 with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Health academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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Carrie Brandon, director for the Banner Western Region Simulation Center, tucks a patient mannequin into bed in one of the new rooms at the Sim Center.
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