Providence Little Company of Mary Awarded Major Grant by UniHealth Foundation for Simulation Training

March 29, 2012

TORRANCE (May 4, 2010) – The UniHealth Foundation has awarded a grant of $991,770 to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers in San Pedro and Torrance for a three-year training program that uses simulated patients to improve care.

The money will be used for the Interdisciplinary Simulation to Advance Quality & Safety program, which includes clinical simulation – the use of lifelike “patients” that breathe, display medical symptoms and react to treatments.

Training scenarios, based on real patient situations, will incorporate all aspects of a patient’s medical care from the physician, nurse and therapist. The grant will pay to train physicians as simulation faculty, provide advanced training for registered nurse simulation faculty and support the advancement of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and technicians. The grant follows a multi-year award from the UniHealth Foundation that focused on the needs of nursing.

San Pedro physicians Maurice Heilbron, M.D., and Sameer Mistry, M.D., as well as Torrance physicians David Chavira, M.D., Ricardo Aquirre, M.D., and John Lundberg, M.D., will participate as simulation faculty and receive advanced simulation training at Stanford University. Clinical simulation followed by team debriefing is quickly becoming the standard of excellence for strengthening communication, teamwork and critical thinking. Providence Little Company of Mary has used clinical simulation as an educational modality since 2005, investing more than $6 million in on-campus simulation lab equipment, infrastructure, faculty and participants.

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals include improvement of the effectiveness of communication among caregivers and creating a culture that encourages team training. The Providence LCM Interdisciplinary Simulation program has the potential to change and improve practices in the clinical setting by improving interdisciplinary communication, teamwork, decision-making and resource management and by reducing variability in crisis management. The overall result is improved quality and safety of patient care for our community.

The UniHealth Foundation is an independent Los Angeles-based private health care foundation whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well-being of the individuals and communities they serve. Providence Little Company of Mary is proud to partner with the UniHealth Foundation to continually advance clinical education in support of quality, safety and improved patient outcomes.