Clinical Education and Innovation Center opens in northern Colorado

New facility will house training and simulation drills for health care and emergency workers
Jan. 6, 2015
Realistic computerized manikin patients are used to simulate real-life patient care scenarios in four high-tech simulation rooms that look like real hospital rooms. Stan is one of the most technically advanced manikins at the center.

WINDSOR, Colo. – UCHealth is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Windsor to train health care workers and emergency responders.

The 13,000-square-foot Clinical Education and Innovation Center will celebrate its official grand opening on Jan. 13 at the center, which is located on the second floor of the Marina Health Campus building at 1870 Marina Drive in Windsor. At noon, the celebration will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. From noon to 7 p.m., staff will host an open house and conduct tours at the center. From 5-7 p.m., the facility will host the Windsor Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. The community is invited to join the staff at all of these events.

The new center was built to bring all of UCHealth’s clinical training resources together in one place to create a larger offering of services to employees and physicians, emergency responders and area nursing schools, according to Bonnie Clipper, the chief nursing officer at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Jody DeStigter, an education nurse specialist at UCHealth’s new Clinical Education and Innovation Center in Windsor, stands in a control room as she peers into one of the center’s simulation rooms during a recent tour.

The center includes four simulation rooms that mimic real hospital rooms in their appearance as well as the basic equipment that is available. In each room, a realistic computerized manikin patient is used to simulate real-life patient care scenarios. Controlled by clinical educators in an adjoining room, the manikins – also known as high-fidelity simulators – and the scenarios help students improve their assessment skills and help medical teams build critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills in a realistic learning environment.

The center also features three classrooms that can open together into one large classroom to accommodate up to 100 people. In addition, there are three breakout rooms, which will be used for low-technology simulations and as debriefing or testing areas.

An operating room team from UCHealth is put to the test during an abdominal surgery simulation exercise at the new Clinical Education and Innovation Center.

Sheila Kloster-Prew, UCHealth’s regional director of clinical education and innovation, said the new $1 million center likely will build skills and experience of more than 5,000 people this year alone.

“Educating our staff is a big part of our mission,” Kloster-Prew said. “But long term, we want to be a center for education and innovation for not only our employees but our partners as well.”

The Marina Health Campus, located in the Water Valley subdivision in southeast Windsor, also houses UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Medical Fitness center, which opened in November 2010, as well as The Blend café, a coffee shop, which reopened on the first floor in October.

UCHealth’s new Clinical Education and Innovation Center is now open on the second floor of the Marina Health Campus building, 1870 Marina Drive, in Windsor. The building also houses Poudre Valley Medical Fitness, which opened in November 2010, and The Blend café. From noon-7 p.m. Jan. 13, UCHealth will host an official grand opening at the center. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting, open house, tours and Windsor Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.

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About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital and a network of more than 40 medical clinics into one organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

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