The Medical Simulation Program at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital is under the leadership of Morris Kharasch, MD, Director of Physician Education, Ernest Wang, MD, Director of the Medical Simulation Program, and Pam Aitchison, RN, Chief Coordinator of the Medical Simulation Program. The Hospital’s Simulation Center is equipped to teach a broad spectrum of classes to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Drs. Kharasch and Wang, along with Nurse Aitchison, spearheaded NorthShore’s SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) training program for nurses which is taught exclusively at Highland Park Hospital. The Hospital’s Simulation Center serves as the training location for all Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training for staff throughout NorthShore.
Highland Park Hospital is an Illinois Department of Public Health designated regional disaster hospital and is instrumental in conducting state programs for disaster preparedness. The hospital provides simulation training for paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the region. This training is designed to provide first-responders with the hands-on practice needed to manage crises at the scene. Faculty for these training classes includes Martha Pettinio, Manager of Emergency Medical Services and Jill Ramaker, Manager of Emergency Preparedness at Highland Park Hospital.
The hospital also uses the Simulation Center to conduct specialized courses for staff at the Lake County Public Health Department. Additionally, staff at Highland Park Hospital provide career and mentorship opportunities for area high school students.