Education & Training

SSM Health Training and Simulation Center

The new SSM Health Training and Simulation Center will bring an exciting level of healthcare instruction never before experienced in the St. Louis area. Offering advanced educational opportunities and simulated real-life instruction, the Center will elevate the healing skills of SSM Health physicians and healthcare teams ensuring they are always prepared for any critical situation.

Caregivers practice applying heart massage on a model.

We need your help to ensure this state-of-the-art facility is available to provide exceptional training and resources to our caregivers in 2019. Located at 1345 Smizer Mill Road in Fenton, our advanced 27.500 square foot Training and Simulation Center will include:

  • Four (4) spacious simulation rooms
  • Ten (10) integrated training classrooms
  • Four (4) computer training suites

The SSM Health Training and Simulation Center will feature:

  • High-fidelity simulators representing varying age ranges to allow simulations at all stages of life
  • SSM Health hospital room replications
  • Working models of patient monitoring and care devices for the most hands-on training
  • Video recording capabilities for the learner and team to review simulated events
  • Facilities for providing role-playing interpersonal and behavioral health simulations
  • Three (3) simulation reviewing rooms with comfortable environments for team/learner reflection and debriefing from trained facilitators
  • Technical training spaces to for providers to practice tactile skills such as intravenous insertion
  • Mobile transportation simulation equipment to allow caregivers to conduct recreations within actual patient areas
  • Ample storage to expedite room flexibility and capabilities

Turning a Team of Experts into an Expert Team: Simulated training can directly improve the effectiveness of team communication and clarify situational roles. It allows a team of doctors, nurses, and clinicians to practice working together in scenarios requiring the unit to respond at its peak performance—ensuring positive patient outcomes in time-sensitive emergency situations.

Developing Skills, Experience, and Confidence: Simulation provides a safe space for clinicians to test their education and skills practically. These risk-free surroundings help them build their proficiency and confidence, ultimately reducing their orientation time.There are many examples where even the newest nurses were able to respond at the level of a more seasoned, experienced staff member by having participated in a specific simulation training just days before.

Delivery of Consistent Care: Standardization of care ensures that clinicians deliver consistent care thereby avoiding errors in even the most stressful emergency situations. Simulation exposes clinicians to uncommon situations that could arise in the course of the day. In those circumstances, minutes matter even for the most skilled, experienced practitioner. Simulations, like those provided at the Center, give practitioners of all levels the change to hone skills and prepare at the highest level for every scenario.