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Honors

We are proud to be honored for our achievements in simulation.

In our short history the Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has already received both regional and national recognition. We are committed to demonstrating the leadership and innovation implied by these awards.

Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence

BASC Regional Simulation Center and Apprentice Training Center

Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence ↑ 

In 2008, SMU's HSSC was one of a handful of simulation centers nation wide selected by the Laerdal Medical Corporation as a Center of Educational Excellence (CoEE). Laerdal President Clive W. Patrickson, PhD, JD, MBA, says this honor is reserved for "centers that have consistently demonstrated excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purpose of ‘helping save lives.’"

In accepting this honor from Laerdal, Celeste Villanueva, CRNA, MS, Director of SMU's HSSC, said: "With patient safety at the core of what drives the use of human patient simulation, the graduates of our health professional education programs can bring their lessons learned in our state-of-the-art HSSC fully into their clinical practice, and hopefully make a difference in today's healthcare systems."

BASC Regional Simulation Center and Apprentice Training Center ↑ 

The Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC) has formally honored SMU's HSSC twice since we opened. In 2006, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation asked SMU to become one of two BASC regional sites, based on our early success (primarily in our Nurse Anesthesia Program) and our growing resources in the HSSC. Since then, BASC has continued to use our facilities for nursing education, and in 2008 asked us to become a BASC Apprentice Training Center.