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Release Date: 01/17/2014

The Care New England Simulation Program at Women & Infants Hospital will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase its new location, which will allow the Program to schedule three separate simulations simultaneously.

"We are excited at the commitment Women & Infants and Care New England have shown to promoting simulation as a quality-based initiative," says Robin Shields, manager and simulation specialist with the Program.

The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 8 am to 5 pm, in the new space, which is located on the zero level at Women & Infants. At 10 am, Dennis Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England, will ceremoniously cut the ribbon on the facility.

"This new space gives us greater efficiency going forward," Shields says.

The Simulation Program has been housed in space that was the hospital's former neonatal intensive care unit, which is a series of bays opening off one central hub. The new space will enable the Program to host different types of simulations at the same time.

Shields and Program co-directors Jesse Bender, MD, of the Department of Pediatrics, and Kyle Wohlrab, MD, of the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, will be on hand during the open house to discuss the use of simulation in staff and physician education and demonstrate equipment used in different simulations.

For more information on the open house or simulation in general, call the Simulation Program at (401) 274-1122, ext. 41449.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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