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Community Health Education & Simulation Center (CHESC)
The Northwest Hospital Community Health Education & Simulation Center (CHESC) opened in 2009 and provides a centralized, hands-on venue for health education and training. The center offers customized classes to healthcare professionals, students and community members alike. In fact, it is the first facility of its kind in the nation to offer classes to both healthcare practitioners and the general public.
In addition to more traditional educational offerings, the CHESC use high-tech simulation mannequins and other state-of-the art technology to help healthcare providers, emergency personnel, community healthcare workers and other practitioners to advance their ability to perform complex medical procedures and life-saving techniques.
The center's computerized, life-size mannequins are used replicate real-life medical scenarios. Much more than simple mannequins, these simulators breathe, bleed, cough and cry. They can be programmed to respond appropriately to changes in environment and medical interventions administered by simulation participants. The CHESC can recreate almost any medical situation, creating valuable learning and practice opportunities.
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The goal of the Community Health Education & Simulation Center is to:
The CHESC was funded by grants from the federal government, as well as donations from the Norcliffe Foundation and the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation.
- Train and retain nurses and other healthcare workers to help reduce the current critical shortage of health practitioners
- Improve the ability of community emergency medical services personnel to respond to life-threatening situations with life-saving procedures
- Help Northwest Hospital provide continuing medical education for ongoing staff certification
- Provide greater health education opportunities for the community through ongoing simulations and classes
- Ensure patient safety to help reduce medical errors among health workers