By HCA Healthcare | July 1, 2021 2:42 pm

HCA Healthcare North Florida Division announced the opening of a $5.5 million state-of-the-art simulation training center in Central Florida designed to empower and support nurses through innovative learning experiences and leadership development opportunities. The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement (HHCCA) provides HCA Healthcare North Florida Division nurses and nurse residents advanced training in a supportive, interactive environment to ensure patients receive the highest quality care possible.

The HHCCA provides an environment which simulates a healthcare setting, including interactive high fidelity manikin patients operated from control rooms to mimic real-life interactions. Programs include on-site training for nurse residents and other nursing team members and new employee orientation and onboarding, as well as remote training to other locations in the North Florida Division. Instructors are able to observe participants during training as they improve their technical skills like catheter insertion or softer skills like communication and teamwork. In addition to simulation spaces, the center includes debriefing rooms and several classrooms. The center is located in Lake Nona Medical City, adjacent to HCA Healthcare North Florida Division’s newest hospital, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center and is one of 9 HHCCAs across the nation.

“We are committed to supporting the Central Florida region through our network of five hospitals, freestanding ERs, physician practices and other sites of care – and our investment continues through the establishment of the Center for Clinical Advancement,” said Richard Hammett, president of HCA Healthcare North Florida Division. “We want to give our nurses – at the bedside and in leadership – great programs and career advancement opportunities that will also enable them to deliver excellent care. We look forward to the significant and positive impact the center will have on the future of healthcare for the benefit of our colleagues and the communities we serve.”

A leading provider of healthcare services, HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is committed to serving communities through its high-quality healthcare services, as well as its capital investments. The Division has dedicated more than $1.4 billion over the past five years to the Central Florida region through the opening of a new state-of-the-art hospital, supporting multiple expansion projects, and adding new technology and services to support community health needs. The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division – Orlando Market includes five hospitals: Central Florida Regional Hospital (with Level II Trauma Center) in Sanford, Oviedo Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center (with Level II Trauma Center) in Kissimmee, Poinciana Medical Center, and UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, as well as four freestanding ERs and multidisciplinary physician practices.

“The HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement is another example of this commitment to supporting the Central Florida community and is expected to support more than 6,000 HCA Healthcare North Florida Division colleagues each year,” said Marty Walker, DNP, vice president of clinical education for HCA Healthcare North Florida Division. “We feel it is of critical importance to offer our clinicians access to innovative training experiences that enhance patient safety and advance the practice of nursing. Today, it is a wonderful site to see our students filling the classrooms after envisioning this moment for many years.”

As part of HCA Healthcare’s efforts to nurture a pipeline of next-generation nurses and nurse leaders, last year the company acquired majority ownership of Galen College of Nursing, one of the largest educators of nurses in the United States. HCA Healthcare and Galen work together to provide access to nursing programs for colleagues as well as the larger community, which will help in addressing the nation’s nursing workforce needs.

Additionally, as a part of the organization’s robust clinical education offerings and support, HCA Healthcare provides qualifying nurses who wish to pursue a specialty certification the opportunity to take advantage of discounted rates, a voucher program and reimbursement upon successfully completing the certification exam. In 2020, more than 3,753 HCA Healthcare-affiliated registered nurses expanded their professional expertise and advanced their professional skills through this program.

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