Cleveland, OH,
05:07 PM

It's! MetroHealth Sim Center welcomes its newest staff member

Metrohealth's Sim Center (our simulation center that allows students and health professionals to work on "patients" in realistic scenarios) recently welcomed a brand new baby to the team.

At eight pounds, 21 inches, this baby is as real as they come in the world of simulation. It cries, it breathes, its arms and legs move, and it even blinks. Heart and lung sounds add to the realism of the experience.

The youngest member of the Sim team will be helping medical professionals perfect their skills in neonatal care for years to come.

“Nothing makes a nurse more nervous than when an infant comes in and can’t communicate,” explains Jen Kuzas, RN, a clinical nurse and education coordinator for the emergency department. “The new baby is more realistic and will help our nurses practice and be prepared to handle real situations we see in the ED."

This is the most advanced simulator baby on the market. It’s completely wireless and powered by a battery that lasts up to eight hours. Body movement is programmable, adding to the realism of the scenarios being conducted.

Some of the true-to-life scenarios include resuscitation and extracting foreign objects from the airway.

“The scenarios we can use are really limitless,” says Jared Lee, Simulation Training Specialist.

For now, the infant goes by its given name, Super Tory. But that name will soon change because the Sim Center is hosting a Baby Naming Challenge for employees.

“As a way to introduce our new baby to staff, we’re collecting items for a local domestic violence shelter,” explains Jackie Csank, manager of the Sim Center. “For every item an employee donates, they can recommend a name.” 

Staff that will benefit from practicing medical intervention on baby Tory include PedsMedPeds, the NICU, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery and the ED.

“We’re excited to provide this level of technology to our staff,” says Jackie. “We look forward to using Baby Tory to increase comfort and competence of our employees who deal with babies in crisis.

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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