A Partnership for Excellence

    by Iowa Central Information
    Posted on 6/23/2015


We have all been told “Practice makes Perfect” and while experts debate the number of hours necessary or the type of practice that is best, one thing is clear: training improves performance. Iowa Central Community College and Trinity Regional Medical Center are partnering to provide our community with the optimum facility to safeguard the health of our residents and address trends that could negatively impact our health care workforce. One goal is to create a solution for the lack of clinical space which limits the number of students we can educate in the health care field at a time when the shortage of nurses is becoming a critical issue.

A new simulation center at Trinity Regional Medical Center will transform the student experience and improve patient experience by providing future health care leaders proficiency within an environment that duplicates the urgency of real life medicine without the life and death consequences. Iowa Central Community College educates the majority of our health care workforce in this region and that 84 percent of community college graduates remain in Iowa after program completion?

In April 2013, Iowa Central Community College and UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge began discussing the benefits of a simulation center for education training. The common barrier was the funding needed to purchase the technology. In June 2014, the College received a $832,292 grant  to purchase simulation mannequins, the supplies necessary to run them and salaries for lab personnel. The missing piece was space for the 10,000 square foot simulation teaching center.

The College partnered with Unity Point to develop a comprehensive plan to expand/renovate space at Trinity Regional Medical Center for a simulation center. The center will provide educational opportunities for students, practicing health professionals, nursing home/long term care providers and emergency personnel and volunteers who serve our region. This unique collaboration advances efforts toward the overarching goal of delivering the best health care services to the region. This simulation center gives our region the potential to take healthcare and disaster training to a whole new level.

The 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art Simulation Center will be located on 4 North at Trinity Regional Medical Center. The space will be renovated to accommodate individual simulation labs for monitoring and classrooms for instruction. The Simulation Center will include a medical-surgical lab, labor and delivery lab, nursery lab, pediatric lab, critical care lab, emergency room lab, apartment setting lab, ambulance lab and skills lab. Although the Simulation Center will utilize most of the current floor plan design, an estimated budget of $750,000 is needed to complete renovations. In addition, an estimated $150,000 is necessary to provide the Simulation Center with the required audio visual equipment.

How does a Simulation Center work?

Time spent in a health care simulation center can be compared to time spent by pilots in a flight simulation center – this experience provides health care workers the opportunity to master competencies or perform high risk procedures they do not often see, without the life and death consequences.

The Simulation Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center will have state-of-the-art simulator mannequins that will operate wirelessly and can be adapted to different settings to simulate real life scenarios. Each lab will have audio visual equipment (cameras and computer software linked to the simulators) for observation, recording and review of the simulated scenarios. This will allow for classroom debriefing and an opportunity for students to watch the video and see and discuss good decisions as well as decisions that could have been better. In addition, students will use a simulated electronic medical record for a realistic simulation. Four hours in a simulator lab are equal to eight hours in a hospital setting. This experience provides students with important skills in a controlled environment to build confidence and experience.

This is a $900,000 project and you are invited to help Iowa Central Community College and UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge achieve an important challenge . Your involvement in this project will help us deliver the best health care workforce throughout the region we serve. This remarkable teaching tool will assist in training our region’s health care provider population – from physicians and nurses to first responders and volunteers – you can provide them with the training they need to potentially save our own life.

Please give our project some thought and consider how you might be able to help us reach our goal. Your investment will help insure that practice makes perfect and that North Central Iowa will continue to provide quality health care and a skilled workforce leading into the next decade. Thank you for your consideration.

Iowa Central Community College Foundation and Trinity Foundation are working jointly to raise the needed funds for the Simulation Center. Several naming opportunities are available and donations of all sizes are currently being accepted. Several Service Clubs, community businesses and individuals have already shown their support and we invite you to join innovative and exciting venture.

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To make a gift or for more information on this project, please contact:

Laurie Hendricks
Iowa Central Community College Foundation
515.574.1145

Shannon McQuillen
Trinity Foundation
515.574.6509 

Carol Grannon
Trinity Foundation
515.574.6509

Deb Shriver is Chief Nursing Executive, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center
Trina Staton is Dean, Health Science Programs, Iowa Central Community College