When the Gossman Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Simulation first opened its doors in 2008, its focus was on advancing the skills of professionals within Swedish’s pediatrics and obstetrics programs. Now, three years later, the Center has garnered an impressive track record for fostering better communication and increased collaboration, among medical teams as well as improved patient outcomes. With the increasing need for simulation training for health-care professionals, the Gossman Center has expanded its design and operations to include an array of training programs for other specialties, including anesthesiology, surgery, and emergency medicine.

“Although much of our work still focuses on perinatal and pediatric cases,” says Theresa Demeter, director of the Center, “we are proud to be able to expand our services to other areas where there is also a need for this kind of state-of the-art education through medical simulation. We were even able to support the training and education of the Issaquah staff before the new campus opened, simulating emergency situations such as mock codes, fires, and spills in the operating room. It really helped the staff feel more confident with protocols and procedures in their new surroundings.”

A resource created entirely through philanthropy as a part of the Campaign for Swedish, the Center was a gift to the clinicians at Swedish from the community. Over $2.4M was raised to make the Center a reality, launched with a gift of $1M from Bill and Cheryl Gossman and their family. Bill, a technology entrepreneur and his wife Cheryl, a former hospital administrator, understood well the power of technology and team training in a healthcare environment.

Thanks to additional philanthropic partnerships, the recently renamed Gossman Center for Advanced Healthcare Simulation is expanding its efforts to offer training opportunities to health-care professionals from many specialties – both at Swedish and around the region.

“This innovative system allows clinical staff to develop their decision-making skills and their ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative and safety-conscious environment, both of which contribute directly to improved patient safety and better outcomes. We believe that the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to the future of simulation training in the health-care industry,” says Demeter.

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