The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation at Maine Medical Center serves a clinical and student population of nearly 5,000—and has long-term plans to expand its expertise to the community, the state and the northeast region. The largest tertiary and acute care hospital in the state, Maine Medical Center opened the simulation center as part of a forward-thinking strategy to invest in the future of high-quality, safe and effective healthcare in Maine. Medical Director Dr John “Randy” Darby, PhD, MD championed the center and led the interdisciplinary committee that created its business plan Professor.
“Many places were nicely equipped and under-utilized,” says Darby. “Some simulation centers buy equipment that gathers dust because it does not have an identified use in an identified program.”
“The real success was being able to engage our faculty from the day the doors opened,” Darby says. “We worked extremely hard to developed fairly robust simulation-based education programs from the get-go in nine a dozen specialties, including nursing and allied health.”
Maine Medical Center partners with Tufts University School of Medicine in a program created to help address the shortage of physicians in the state, particularly in rural areas. Theses students, who split their time between the Boston campus and Maine Medical Center, are also learning through simulation.
Within the next few years, the center’s outreach programs will begin to deliver simulation training to rural areas throughout the state. “We are very much hoping to join the vanguard of people using simulation to enhance and sustain rural healthcare training, which dovetails nicely with the mission of our medical school program,” Darby says.