HMC Provides Simulation Training for Army National Guard 1st Squadron of the 299th Calvary Regiment

June 2014 - Hilo Medical Center’s Simulation Training Center provided trauma and resuscitation training for a platoon of emergency medical technicians. EMTs from the Army National Guard's 1st Squadron of the 299th Calvary Regiment underwent a series of simulated scenarios where they were charged to resuscitate a seriously injured patient.  

HMC’s Arthur Sampaga, Nursing Director, Lori Wong, Emergency Department nurse and Simulation Specialist and Yvette Perez, an Emergency Department nurse and military EMT were instrumental in facilitating the collaborative efforts between the two organizations. COL Peter Matsuura MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and a military physician, also participated as an instructor. 

Highlights of the training included EMT soldiers treating and saving soldiers that sustained traumatic injuries from explosions.  This was a great example of what Hilo Medical Center can provide for future health care education in our community. 

About HMC's Simulation Training Center
Simulation in health care provides a safe learning environment that allows clinical staff to test new clinical processes while enhancing their individual and team skills before caring for a patient. Simulation training is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.   

We recognize simulation-based training  as an important teaching tool. We provide curriculums that combine didactic and practicum lessons for clinicians. We offer classes to  Nurses, First Responders with the Hawaii County Fire Department, Respiratory Therapist, Physicians, and other health care clinicians.   

The Next Generation of Health Care Providers   We welcome students from local schools to tour our Simulation Training Center. Our goal is to foster their interest in becoming the next generation of health care providers. Students learn how simulation training helps nurses and doctors who care for   patients in our community. We currently have four High Fidelity simulators: Standard SimMan, SimMan 3G, SimBaby, and SimNewB.  

In 2007, Hilo Medical Center established the Simulation Training Center through the support of a grant from the Department of Defense.