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MMC Opens Team Training Facility


January 11, 2016

Maine Medical Center announced recently that it has opened The Hannaford Team Training Facility for Safe Patient Care, a medical team training facility outfitted with patient simulators at its Bramhall Campus. The facility will have a patient room, where medical teams including residents, nurses and therapists can practice actual emergency situations. The facility will be outfitted with an adult and pediatric patient simulator. The simulators will be used for emergency training exercises such as Code Blues (adult and pediatric), stroke and DART (Difficult Airway Response Team).

Hannaford Charitable Foundation donated $250,000 for the new 1,600-square-feet training facility, a satellite location to the 18,000-square-feet Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation located at MMC’s Brighton Campus, which has hosted training for more than 25,000 medical professionals since it opened in 2010.

“This new satellite training environment enables our interdisciplinary medical teams to train together on a routine basis to repetitively practice critical events, where rapid delivery of high-quality care makes a difference in patient outcomes,” said Dr. Randy Darby, medical director for the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation and anesthesiologist at Spectrum Medical Group. “We appreciate Hannaford’s renewed commitment to improved patient care through their investment in our new training facility.”

“Hannaford is proud to support this new training facility and contribute to the health of our community,” said Cheryl Hinkson, Hannaford’s director of operations for southern Maine. “Our company is committed to partnering with organizations such as Maine Medical Center to provide healthy choices and excellent medical care right here at home.”

In addition to the gift from Hannaford, the children’s hospital philanthropy raised $44,000 through communitywide events for the purchase of a simulated child patient.

The new facility also includes a skills lab, where surgeons can prepare for the use of robotics technologies. The surgical skills room will accommodate three work stations outfitted with virtual trainers. The da Vinci robotic simulator, Heartworks TEE and TTE simulator and the Simbionix bronchoscopy and colonoscopy trainer also are located in the skills room.

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