Northwest Medical Center-Springdale Opens New Simulation Laboratory

A new Simulation (Sim) Lab has opened at Northwest Medical Center- Springdale to enhance training opportunities for medical providers. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house are being planned for Jan. 16 to allow the public to tour the new center, which is the only hospital-based Sim Lab in the region. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce will be held at 10 a.m., with the open house to follow until 1 p.m.

Funded by a trauma grant from the Arkansas Department of Health, the Sim Lab was built to enhance training and education opportunities for Northwest Health staff members as well as to support hands-on training for emergency medical services, first responders, and other medical professionals throughout Springdale and Northwest Arkansas

A Sim Lab is the closest that medical professionals can get to working on real patients, according to Velvet Reed Shoults, MHA, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CBIS, director of clinical outreach for Northwest Health. “This is where they can put the equipment they've learned in skills labs or classroom settings into practice, using a simple task trainer, a high fidelity medical manikin, or even a classmate (depending on the severity of the mock injury or illness). We use manikins and simulators to train, teach, and test clinical staff on patient care, especially to improve skills needed in emergency situations.”