Simulation Center earns accreditation status

Grand Valley's Interprofessional Simulation Center was accredited for the first time by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Katie Branch, director of simulation, said seeking accreditation status recognizes the university's commitment to providing quality simulation-based learning experiences and supporting a global network of accredited programs that contribute to the research and use of simulation in health care.

The five-year accreditation status extends to 2027. Branch said the accreditation team reviewed the center's policies, procedures and practices prior to the onsite visit in November.

two people are silhouetted in an immersive room with images projected onto the walls; a mannequin lies on a hospital bed
Katie Branch, director of simulation, is at right showing an immersive technology room in the Simulation Center to a participant at the Emergency Medicine Fall Symposium. The center recently received accreditation.
Image credit - Amanda Pitts

Strengths were noted such as having a centralized simulation center with support from leadership across several Grand Valley colleges, a well-designed physical footprint, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Katherine Moran, KCON acting dean, said Grand Valley's internal and external partners view the accreditation status as a mark of excellence "because they recognize that learning in an accredited environment can positively influence health care outcomes."

Collectively, Simulation Center activities account for more than 100,000 learner-contact hours per year.

a student looks at a computer monitor at right, a mannequin lies in a hospital bed in the simulation center
Simulation Center activities account for more than 100,000 learner-contact hours per year.
Image credit - Kendra Stanley-Mills
three nursing students gather around a table where a student in a blue shirt in laying; they are evaluating her left knee during a simulated exercise
Nursing students and athletic training students partnered for an interprofessional simulation event in September.
Image credit - Kendra Stanley-Mills

"The Simulation Center offers a place for students to learn in a safe environment where they can perfect their skills without risk to patients," Moran said. "These experiences help the future workforce improve the quality of care by reducing errors, which leads to improved health care outcomes and reduced costs." 

With more than 67,000 square feet, the Interprofessional Simulation Center is one of the largest interprofessional, comprehensive, state-of-the-art simulation centers in Michigan. 


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