Interactive learning center will provide healthcare professionals with cutting-edge training

Nashville, TN - HCA’s TriStar Health System will celebrate the grand opening of its new Simulation Learning Center (SLC) with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Aug. 7, at 4:30pm. Located at the TriStar Medical Plaza in Antioch, this new facility will provide TriStar healthcare providers with a state-of-the-art clinical learning environment that simulates an actual healthcare setting.

"The opening of the Simulation Learning Center represents our commitment to the advancement of the healthcare profession," said Heather J. Rohan, President and CEO of the TriStar Health Division. "This facility will offer our clinicians access to state-of-the-art, innovative training experiences that will enhance their ability to provide excellent care for the patients we serve."

The 13,000-square-foot facility represents a $3 million investment that will support the TriStar Nurse Residency program. The center will also provide workforce development and continued learning opportunities for the nearly 4,000 nurses who work at TriStar's 22 hospitals.

The SLC is custom-designed to reflect actual TriStar care environments with cutting-edge simulation equipment and technology. Instructors can observe employees' training from three control rooms that overlook the center's 15 simulation beds. The facility even includes 19 simulated patients of varying ages and interactivity.

"The benefits of simulated education are proven," said Velinda J. Block, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, TriStar Health Division. "Our new facility will provide nurses with the best training in the industry by allowing them to learn in a clinical setting without any patient risk. And when it comes time to provide care in a real hospital, our nurses will be more prepared than ever."

The Simulation Learning Center is located at 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch, TN 37013. Free valet parking is available. Tours will be provided and refreshments will be served after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.