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Simulation Center Open House Will Showcase HAL AI Mannequin

    Emilie Jenson, Public Information Office

Iowa Central Community College will host an open house on Friday, September 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Simulation Center on the fourth floor of Trinity Regional Medical Center to showcase its new HAL S5301 manikin, the firstAI-enhanced patient simulator in Iowa.

By adding this learning tool, the William G. and Marlys Smith Simulation Center leads Iowa and the upper Midwest region of the U.S. in offering interdisciplinary and experiential education to students and the community.  This cutting-edge technology allows students to practice high-level patient care skills and procedures like stroke assessment, treatment, and conversational communication. With HAL S5301, Iowa Central now has the most state-of-the-art simulation center in the state and will help healthcare students develop the clinical skills and competence needed to provide exceptional care. 

Iowa Central addresses the urgent need for high-quality, hands-on training in healthcare education. It offers local students a world-class education without requiring them to leave the state, strengthening local healthcare systems. This event will show the community that Iowa Central is addressing faculty shortages and limited training spaces by investing in the best technology to develop the skills and confidence needed to serve friends and family with high-quality care for every patient.

Dr. Jesse Ulrich, president of Iowa Central Community College states, "Iowa Central ties classroom learning to real-world patient care through simulated-based training. Iowa Central provides quality educational opportunities in and outside the classroom. Simulated-based training is the piece that ties what is learned in our classrooms to delivering quality patient care by first practicing skills, assessments, and treatments in the simulation center." 

 During the open house, guests will tour the simulation center and interact with HAL S5301, gaining insights about the advanced technology utilized to set the state's new standard for exceptional learning environments in healthcare. Those in attendance will get exclusive shots of Iowa's first AI-enhanced patient simulator. Other visuals will include students, faculty members, and local healthcare professionals engaging in the new simulation center.

 The simulation center serves as a hub for ongoing professional development for local nurses, doctors, EMS students, providers, and EMS professionals. This improves the quality of patient care across the state and serves as a model for simulation-based training at other schools.   

Ulrich and other faculty members will be available to answer questions about the simulation center throughout the open house. A representative from the company that designed, engineered, and manufactured HAL S5301 in the USA will also be on hand to answer any questions about the new technology. Speakers will include State Representative Ann Meyer, Ulrich, and Dr. Stacy Mentzer, vice president of Instruction at Iowa Central


*Article Courtesy of Gaumard Scientific


Simulation Center Open House Will Showcase HAL AI Mannequin

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