• By Natalie Halpern

Mayo Clinic simulation center receives top accreditation

July 9, 2018

Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center entrance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus has earned accreditation in the area of teaching and education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Washington, D.C. The center is one of only 100 in the world to be recognized as having the highest quality standards in health care simulation.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare fosters the improvement and application of simulation-based modalities that promote better patient care and can improve patient outcomes. The accreditation was awarded after a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of the center's processes and outcomes in teaching and education that included an application process and on-site review visit.

“Simulation has huge impacts on patient care. It fosters communication, teamwork, safety, confidence and best practices,” says Leslie Simon, D.O., medical director, J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center. “Standardization of our processes through accreditation has only made us better at what we do, helping to make Mayo Clinic the safest possible place to be a patient.”

The recognition also supports the recruitment of exceptional staff; puts the center at an advantage for obtaining grant funds for research and education; and attracts future medical students, residents and fellows.

“The accreditation not only shows our commitment to education, it also elevates our platform for educating allied health staff and providers, so we continue to meet and exceed the needs of our patients,” says Kristin Rosenbush, the center's manager of operations.

The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center opened on Mayo Clinic Florida’s campus in 2013 and occupies more than 10,000 square feet in the Vincent A. Stabile Building. The center includes designated areas for procedural and surgical task training, an operating room, hospital and outpatient exam rooms, an emergency medicine suite and classroom, and debriefing space. The center provided 27,000 hours of medical training in 2017.

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