High Quality Training for Healthcare Providers in East Hawaii

Simulation Training at Hilo Medical Center

Simulation in healthcare 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 and MICT (Mobile Intensive Care Technician) with the Hawaii County Fire Department, respiratory therapist, physicians, and other healthcare clinicians in the East Hawaii Region. 

The Next Generation of Health Care Providers

We also welcome students from local schools to tour our Simulation Training Center. Our goal is to foster their interest in becoming the next generation of healthcare providers.   

We currently have five High Fidelity simulators: Standard SimMan, SimMan 3G, SimBaby, SimNewB and SimJunior. 

In 2015, HMC’s Simulation Center received generous donation of a SimJunior from Dr. Judith FitzGerald, Simulation Center Medical Director. The SimJunior is a 7 year-old simulator that will strengthen training for staff to care for pediatric patients.

Training at the Center

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Pediatric Emergency Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)
  • Crisis TeamSTEPPs Training (CTT)
  • Rapid Response Team (RRT)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
  • Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC)
  • Procedural Sedation (PS)
  • Nursing Skills and Procedures—Airway management, as well as other educational in-services
  • New Program/Courses with the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program

Simulation Center History

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

Simulation Center Staff

  • Arthur Sampaga Jr., RN, BSN, CCRN, CHEP, CNML

    Interim Director of Nursing

    Director Simulation Training Center

  • Dr. Judith FitzGerald, D.O. FACEP

    Simulation Center Medical Director

  • Lori Ann Wong, RN, BSN, MSN, CEN

    Simulation Specialist, Educator, Class Coordinator