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STAR Center

STAR Center

The Simulation Teaching, Academic Research (STAR) Center is now an accredited facility by the PA State Board of Nursing to provide intravenous education for Licensed Practical Nurses. This certification can be offered at your facility or at The STAR Center. For more information and to register for this course, please email erin.prettiman@ahn.org or call 412.578.7277.


The STAR Center at Allegheny Health Network is dedicated to excellence in patient care through the pursuit of lifelong learning, research, and innovation.


The vision of the STAR Center is to provide a multidisciplinary simulation center where students, practitioners and members of the allied health community can practice and perfect their clinical skills to meet the needs of their patients, family and community they serve.

"I am still learning" – Michelangelo

The Simulation, Teaching and Academic Research (STAR) Center offers “out of this world” learning experiences – in our virtual hospital or through our mobile outreach program – to support Allegheny Health Network’s mission “to practice medicine, educate and conduct research as an integrated team of physicians, nurses and support professionals who are committed to improving the health of our patients.”


Led by Medical Director Donald Wilfong, Jr., MD, the STAR team is a highly experienced and dynamic group of healthcare professionals who use the best practices in simulationto assist educators in the design and implementation of any type of course. These courses facilitate learning and enable the practice of vital skills in healthcare and in other settings, including interviewing, communication and teamwork. We also offer a broad array of task/partial body trainers for individual practitioners to perfect procedural skills.

If you are a healthcare practitioner, student, or aspiring student with a passion for learning, we invite you to come learn with us.

“This was an unbelievably valuable experience for me. I appreciated the time and the teaching and especially the way the teaching was tailored to situations I anticipate experiencing in my actual work. Thank you so much!”   – Monteverre’s NRP Recertification course, MD/DO