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Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center Opens

(February 1, 2013)—Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) announces the opening of the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center, a state-of-the-art educational environment for advanced training of healthcare practitioners throughout the region and the U.S.

Designed to improve surgical and medical procedures and outcomes for patients, the SAIL center is made possible with a major gift from James and Sylvia Earl of Annapolis, Md. “We are delighted to give physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals the opportunity to practice in a ‘virtual medical’ environment; the concept is truly fascinating,” said the Earls. “We believe in infusing good organizations with the technology they need to become great.”

“The Earls’ philanthropic contribution is a true gift to the community,” said Tori Bayless, president and CEO of AAMC.  “This gift will not only enhance the practice of medicine, but improve patient safety and care. This simulation center is a convergence of our commitment to quality and providing the most advanced healthcare available.”

Through sophisticated simulation and training, participants become more familiar with emerging medical technologies, learn to use these technologies faster in the simulation lab, and become more self-assured in their skills. SAIL will also allow for the improvement of clinical processes and innovation of new medical devices by turning research into commercially marketable medical products.

“The type of training offered at SAIL is typically available only in major academic medical centers,” said Adrian Park, MD, founder and chairman of SAIL and chair of AAMC’s Department of Surgery. “SAIL is critical to achieving and maintaining national patient safety goals as new medical technologies continue to emerge at an ever increasing pace.”

Using human patient simulators set in realistic hospital settings for team training, the new center is similar to a “mini hospital.” The simulation center will provide practice with procedural skills such as IV line placement and endotracheal intubation to laparoscopic procedures. “We can imitate scenarios that range from respiratory distress to emergency births to specialized surgery,” adds Dr. Park. “The bonus is that we will be able to mimic a high performance real-world environment where the stakes are obviously much lower.”

SAIL will host teleconferences, monthly national and international multi-center teleconferences, lectures, research, and large group sessions for resident surgical education, all of which help to develop staff skills and knowledge.  In addition, SAIL will be available for tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety.

The center is located in AAMC’s Health Sciences Pavilion.

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