NGHS Center for Simulation and Innovation

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote high quality and safe patient care, enhance education, and develop research through excellence in multimodal simulation- based training and experiential learning.

What is Simulation?

Simulation is an innovative, hands-on training method that optimizes patient safety, quality, and efficiency in healthcare. Simulation allows the learners to put their technical skills, knowledge, and critical thinking to practice in a safe realistic learning environment. All members of the interdisciplinary team can care for patients as they would in the clinical setting.

We offer several types of simulation experiences: high-fidelity simulation manikins, task trainers, and standardized patients. Our high-fidelity simulation manikins range from infant to adult with lifelike features and responsive physiology. Some simulations may include a standardized patient. A standardized patient is a person trained to simulate or take on the characteristics of an actual patient. In complex simulations, we may utilize a standardized patient paired with a task trainer. A task trainer is a lifelike model of human body parts that allows us to teach competency-based and procedural skills.

What is the Standardized Patient Program?

The Standardized Patient Program is coordinated through the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Simulation Lab. The program provides high-quality, realistic healthcare training in a safe and controlled learning environment. Standardized Patients (SPs) support healthcare providers in learning the value of connection and empathy in patient care.

Course Offerings

 Simulation courses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Failure to Rescue
  • End of Life
  • ACLS
  • Heart Failure
  • Sepsis
  • OB
  • CIWA
  • Advanced Airway
  • Trauma
  • Communication

Our Facilities

NGHS Simulation at the Lanier Park Learning Lab includes ten patient simulation rooms including Medical, ICU, NICU, LDRP, PACU, and OR simulation rooms. These simulated patient rooms are equipped with a variety of high-fidelity simulation manikins operated from a control room. The control rooms allow Clinical Simulation Educators and Subject Matter Experts to observe and respond in real-time to participant interventions during the simulation scenario. The control rooms are equipped with video recording that allows for playback to participants during debriefing for self-reflection.

In addition to our simulated patient rooms, the NGHS Simulation Lab offers classroom and debriefing spaces. These spaces are equipped with computer access and flat-screen television displays allowing for the debriefing of simulations or didactic teaching before the simulations.

The NGHS Simulation Lab is available for your simulation training sessions.

What is the Mobile Simulation Program?

NGHS's Mobile Simulation Program is the first of its kind in Georgia and it brings healthcare education to you. The Mobile Simulation Lab has limitless capabilities for offering simulation and traditional learning events. Two mock patient rooms are available as well as two control rooms and a debriefing area. Simulation scenarios can be recorded and played back to participants for debriefing purposes. 

Internal Simulation Events

The Simulation Center collaborated with NGHS’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program to develop and implement Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) for GME physician residents. The OSCEs allow physician residents to demonstrate knowledge and practice communication skills in a safe, learning environment. The vision of NGHS’s GME program is to create graduated physicians who have the communication skills to illustrate NGHS’s core values of respectful compassion, deep interdependence, responsible stewardship, and a passion for excellence.

Community Outreach

The Simulation Center provides experiential learning to enhance educational experiences to our community. This education provides participants the opportunity to practice skills, develop clinical reasoning abilities, and become confident and competent in caring for a patient in a safe learning environment. Simulated scenarios focus on early recognition of clinical deterioration, airway management, communicating with the interdisciplinary team, patient education, implementation of medical intervention, and introduction to high-risk medications and order sets/protocols. Simulation enhances critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills, therefore, leading to improved patient safety and outcomes.

Current Collaborations

  • Brenau University
  • Habersham Medical Center and Habersham EMS
  • Piedmont College
  • Dawson County EMS