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Grant to help train nurse practitioners

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NorthShore University HealthSystem Center for Simulation and Innovation in Evanston has received a $500,000 grant from the Jane R. Perlman Trust to establish a residency program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The program is designed to help improve patient care and clinical outcomes while reducing healthcare costs, through innovative medical scenario simulation.

“Simulation will be used extensively in training candidates who participate in this program in order to accelerate their learning curve,” said Ernest E. Wang, MD, Medical Director of NCSI, and the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair of Simulation and Innovation. “Our hope is that the establishment of this program at NorthShore will lead to a paradigm shift in the way APP training is conducted around the country.”

Midge Perlman Shafton, daughter of Jane R. Perlman, toured NCSI with Division Head of Emergency Medicine Morris S. Kharasch, MD, and former Division Head Jeffrey G. Graff, MD, and was impressed with the Simulation Lab and NorthShore’s teaching curriculum.

The visit inspired her to establish the Jane R. Perlman Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship in Emergency Medicine. “My mother, who was a nurse’s aide during WWII, would have loved this program. As we walked through the Simulation Lab the first time, I said I only wish she could see the wonderful work being done. She would have wanted to go through the program herself,” said Ms. Shafton.

NCSI is a state-of-the-art 13,000-square-foot facility at NorthShore Evanston Hospital designed to host a multispecialty, multidisciplinary simulation center.

NCSI uses the latest simulation technologies and training to help healthcare practitioners improve their clinical performance, reduce human errors, and refine their teamwork and communication skills using a variety of simulation modalities including human patient simulators, virtual reality and patient actors.

For more information about NCSI or ways to support NorthShore, please call (224) 364-7204 or visit foundation.northshore.org.

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