Bayhealth GME Simulation Lab Program Manager Sarah Beebe stands in the new PCOM Simulation Center at Bayhealth with some of the simulation manikins.

New Simulation Center at Bayhealth Elevates Training and Patient Safety

Monday, June 20, 2022 | Expanded Services, Bayhealth Foundation
Bayhealth is leading the way in medical education in central and southern Delaware with a new state-of-the-art training space. The new PCOM Simulation Center at Bayhealth is in the final construction stage and will open this summer. Located at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, the center is equipped with the latest technology and will provide a high-tech immersive learning environment for medical students, residents and other healthcare professionals.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Bayhealth have had a long-standing partnership. For many years, Bayhealth has been an undergraduate medical education (UME) site for PCOM medical students completing their 3rd and 4th year rotations. Numerous PCOM graduates have joined Bayhealth’s graduate medical education (GME) programs. These residencies are training new physicians in family medicine, internal medicine and general surgery.

“PCOM’s relationship with Bayhealth is one of trust and collaboration,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and CEO of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Our students receive valuable hands-on training while helping to serve the critical healthcare needs of communities throughout Delaware. We’re very proud to call them a partner.”

The PCOM Simulation Center at Bayhealth is a more than 10,000 square foot space that offers hands-on learning with the latest computer simulation and robotic technology. It includes a classroom, emergency bay, operating room, debriefing rooms, and a virtual reality training area. The center features several full-body patient simulation manikins that mimic actual patient care responses, including trauma and critical care scenarios. A sophisticated audio visual and software setup allows training to be recorded so learners get immediate feedback.

“Research shows that simulation-based interprofessional learning improves patient safety and outcomes,” said Bayhealth GME Administrative Director Lori Smith, MBA. “We’re so proud to have the partnership of PCOM and this innovative center to provide the highest caliber of training in our region.”

Bayhealth GME Simulation Lab Program Manager Sarah Beebe, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, CHSE, said the PCOM Simulation Center at Bayhealth will be a safe space that allows clinicians to develop or fine-tune their skills and build confidence to be the best caregivers they can be. “The center will benefit healthcare professionals across many disciplines,” Beebe explained. “Bringing teams together in this space will strengthen teamwork, which in turn, enhances the care and safety we deliver to patients in central and southern Delaware.”

For more information on how to support Bayhealth’s efforts in elevating training opportunities for medical professionals in our communities, please visit Bayhealth.org/Foundation or call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015.