February 10, 2020
DALLAS – Nurses practicing at Medical City Healthcare now have access to some of the most advanced training in the industry. Medical City Healthcare will celebrate the opening of its new patient-simulation training center, the HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, with a ribbon-cutting and tours on February 11 at 2 p.m. at 3201 Dallas Parkway in Frisco. HCA Healthcare is the parent company of Medical City Healthcare.
The $4.8 million training center will provide Medical City Healthcare nurses and nurse residents with a leading-edge learning environment that simulates an actual healthcare setting. The facility is custom designed to reflect patient care environments, complete with advanced patient simulation equipment and technology that includes high-fidelity, interactive mannequin “patients.”
“Simulated nurse training and education enables nurses to learn in a clinical setting without any patient risk,” says Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing executive of Medical City Healthcare. “The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement will support education, simulation and innovation for clinical colleagues to learn together and find creative solutions to clinical practice challenges. As a result, Medical City Healthcare nurses set the bar when it comes to providing the highest quality, safe and compassionate patient care.”
Special control rooms allow instructors to observe training participants as they learn new techniques or refresh existing skills. Beyond technical skills such as catheter or IV tube insertion, the center will provide training in new techniques, enhance competency in existing skills and help nurses develop experiences with rare events. In some cases, physician residents and nurse residents will learn together in multidisciplinary teams. As a result, teamwork and communication skills will be strengthened.
“The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement offers our clinicians access to innovative training experiences that enhance patient safety and advance the practice of nursing,” says Erol Akdamar, FACHE, president of Medical City Healthcare. “It is one more way we show our commitment to deliver exceptional care for every patient we serve.”
The 37,000-square-foot education center will support Medical City Healthcare’s more than 7,000 nurses and 700 nurse residents annually. The center will also provide workforce development and continued learning opportunities. Simulcast technology can facilitate education and training opportunities for colleagues working at locations across the Medical City Healthcare system. The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement is the fourth such facility to be built in the HCA Healthcare system as part of the organization’s centralized clinical education model and represents a significant investment in patient care excellence.
In addition to simulated learning rooms and debriefing spaces, the center includes a learning resource auditorium and flexible classroom spaces to accommodate orientation and other educational events, including leadership and organizational development classes.
The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement is part of a major capital investment initiative of more than $1.8 billion spent or committed over four years across the Medical City Healthcare system. Investments include expansion and improvements to existing hospitals; new services including trauma, oncology and behavioral healthcare; upgraded technology; and the purchase and construction of new facilities.