FARGO, N.D. -– Sanford Health will soon start construction on a new simulation training center at the Broadway Medical Center in Fargo that will provide Tri-College University students an environment for clinical learning where highly reliable, quality patient care can be practiced into habit.
Students will have the opportunity to use the newest high-tech methods to receive hands-on training in a safe, no-risk environment. By using a combination of task trainers, mannequin simulators and standardized patients, students can cultivate relationships between health care disciplines to affect collaboration and enhance their training.
“The partnership is what makes this simulation center special and nothing like this exists in this region,” said Nate White, president, Sanford Fargo. “This new training facility will not only allow us to support our area universities, but also help us train our workforce for everything from everyday medical treatment to situations they will rarely encounter like complicated cases including loss of limbs or severe burns. This is crucial during a time when our region faces a shortage of health care workers.”
“The ability to have clinical experience live in the hospitals is invaluable for our health care students,” said Dean Bresciani, NDSU President and Tri-College University board chairman. “Because these future health care providers gain hands-on experience, this simulation center will assist both Tri-College University and Sanford Health in the recruitment and retention of students both in college and when they start their careers. Many of these students will stay right here in the state of North Dakota.”
The center has a target open date sometime in 2020 and will be located in the former Children’s Hospital on the fourth floor of the Sanford Broadway Medical Center, 801 Broadway N., Fargo. It will consist of multiple simulation rooms, including inpatient, trauma, operating and outpatient clinic rooms. The 17,000 square-foot center will have multiple debriefing rooms, classroom space and the most current technology enabling instant assessment of how students performed during the simulation.
The center also will offer professional development for Sanford Health staff and health care providers and programs from the region that have simulated learning needs.
“This partnership allows us to reduce duplication of resources and to be good stewards of our limited resources. It will be available on a fee for service basis for other groups such as city and rural fire departments, EMT and ambulance services, other hospitals and the military,” said Tim Flakoll, Tri-College University Provost. “With multiple partners and projected use of six to seven days a week, we will dramatically improve the efficiency of the delivery of high-quality training.”