MONACA, Pa., May 12-- A new state of the art medical simulation and education center will open its doors for business on Friday, June 4th
to healthcare providers and medical educators, students, emergency
responders, and other organizations in need of a facility for medical
simulation as well as non-medical education.
Located in Monaca, PA,
Keystone Education & Simulation Center (KSEC) is the only
freestanding facility in the tri-state area to offer health care
education utilizing advanced simulation technology. Research shows
medical simulation enhances critical thinking skills and ultimately
increases quality care and patient safety by exposing healthcare
professionals and students to low-volume, high-risk events without
endangering actual patients.
KSEC is the result of the vision and efforts of Anthony Battaglia, MS, BSN, RN, President and CEO of Pocket Nurse, a medical simulation product and equipment company located in Ambridge, PA.
Battaglia recognized the need for a simulation and education facility
easily accessible to health care educators as well as the general
provides health and medical related personnel the opportunity to
experience firsthand what real patient care or a hospital environment
is like," said Battaglia. Unlike other similar simulation education
centers in the region, he explained, KSEC is a freestanding facility,
not affiliated with a university or hospital that often give priority
to students and staff before outside groups.
design of Keystone Education and Simulation Center incorporates
multiple simulated hospital settings including an emergency room,
medical/surgical room, intensive care unit (ICU), operating room,
birthing room, pediatric and neonatal ICU, a family practice office
setting with two exam rooms, a pharmacy and blood bank, task training
skills lab, and three large classrooms. KSEC provides a home setting
for the care and treatment of clients that includes a living area and
bathroom. Each simulation room is fully equipped with video and sound
recording capabilities. Multimedia recording provides healthcare
professionals and students the opportunity to critique (debrief)
assessments and actions in a safe and supportive learning environment.
mission is to be accessible to all organizations that are interested in
training education in one of the most advanced simulation environments
currently available," said L. Renee Miller,
BSN, RN, Executive Director for the Center. "It is our aim to host not
only local healthcare educators and students, but regional and national
organizations as well," said Miller. She cited the facility's proximity
to the Pittsburgh International Airport as a benefit to organizations traveling to Monaca from out of state. In fact, KSEC has already provided simulation education to groups from California, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina.
KSEC is housed in the former Potter Township Elementary School. The school underwent a $3.5 million
privately funded restoration. The architect and designer intentionally
left many characteristics of the former elementary school intact,
including original oak doors, built-in cabinetry, and tile corridors.
Brand new lockers line the hall of the building, which also features a
new state of the art kitchen, coffee bar, and dining area.
of the renovations were made with an eye toward environmental
sustainability and energy savings. Among its green features are
windows that allow daylight to reach 85% of the building's regularly
occupied spaces and daylight harvesting occupancy sensors to ensure
electric lighting is used only when rooms are occupied and natural
light needs to be supplemented.
For more information, visit www.ksecpa.org or call (724) 495-6808.
Simulation and Education Center is a nonprofit, independent, medical
simulation and education center offering advanced training modules and
environments for education and continuing education. KSEC's mission is
to provide a quality experimental learning environment for
multidisciplinary medical simulation and healthcare simulation to meet
the needs of public safety organizations, healthcare educators
/providers and the community. For more information, visit www.ksecpa.org
SOURCE Keystone Simulation & Education Center