The ambulance will be used to train the emergency medical services
community, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics and
firefighters. The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is
expected to open in early 2015.
The ambulance will sit on spring isolators to simulate working with
patients while the ambulance is in motion, making the experience
more realistic for the students.
The ambulance bay is one component of the 7,800-square-foot
simulation center, housed on the third floor of the Memorial Center
for Learning and Innovation.
The simulation center will also include a mock residence to allow
emergency medical service personnel to practice working with
patients in a simulated home environment with a bedroom, bathroom,
kitchen and living room.
This simulated residence will be a valuable educational space for
Memorial’s home health and hospice employees, said Aimee Allbritton,
vice president of organization development and chief learning
officer for Memorial Health System. Employees, physicians and
residents will also be able to learn and practice skills in a trauma
room, operating room, physician exam room, patient care room,
nursing station and other simulated healthcare environments.
Memorial Medical Center provides training support for more than 500
emergency medical services providers in the region, ranging from
volunteer firefighters with basic medical training to full-time
emergency medical technicians and paramedics with years of
“We are consistently working to provide increased training
opportunities,” Allbritton said. “The Memorial Center for Learning
and Innovation is a great opportunity to increase that training with
real-world scenarios that simulate patient conditions.”
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Over the past year, Memorial’s emergency medical services team
has created an updated treatment protocol that allows emergency
medical services providers the ability to treat their patients
in the most state-of-the-art ways available.
“These protocols allow for improved care for our patients, even
before they reach the Emergency Department door,” said Drew Early,
Memorial’s administrator of cardiovascular and emergency services.
“With these increased responsibilities comes more stringent training
and the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is a perfect
environment for that training to occur.”
The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation also includes a
surgical skills laboratory, a large conference center, a variety of
classrooms and several smaller collaborative workrooms as well as
innovative technology, Allbritton said. The facility is designed to
help foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement to
support the strategies and business goals of Memorial Health
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[Text received; MICHAEL LEATHERS,
MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEMS]