Training within our simulated hospital
Instruction at the STAR Center takes place within the realistic environment of our simulated hospital. It includes a nurses’ station, specialized care rooms, a conference room, an ambulance simulator, and an apartment.
The Main Lab is the heart of the simulated hospital that opened in 2007 through a generous grant from the Highmark Foundation and donations to the West Penn Hospital Foundation. The nurses’ station and fully equipped patient care bays house sophisticated, lifelike manikins that can be programmed to simulate a variety of health conditions.
- Nurses’ station
- Five simulation bays
- Two simulation rooms with a control room
Our Simulation Ambulance is a permanent structure at the STAR Center. You climb up into it just like a real ambulance. It’s equipped with all of the items you would need as an emergency medical services provider.
Critical Care/Trauma Room
This room is identical to a real critical care unit. It includes the right tools and equipment for hosting code and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.
In our Surgical Suite, we replicate the setting of an actual surgery and the entire surgical experience including pre-op, surgery, and post-op. We switch out the surgical tools according to the procedure being practiced.
The Galaxy Wing simulates an entire hospital wing and outpatient clinic to reflect the patient/family experience from admission to discharge. It features several patient and exam rooms where we simulate a typical day for physicians, medical students, nurses, or other hospital staff.
- Five inpatient rooms
- Fully functional nurses’ station
- Four outpatient exam rooms
- Two multifunctional rooms with a control room
- Task trainer room
This multipurpose, 5,000-square space allows for a variety of simulation activities. It includes:
- Preop/Postop Room
- Operating Room Theater
Labor Suite / Newborn Nursery
Perfect for obstetrics and gynecology physicians, residents, nurses and students who want to practice procedures and skills on Birthing Noelle and SimNewB manikins
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
In our simulated NICU, STAR Center instructors teach neonatal resuscitation skills on the premature baby manikin, Rudy. Designed to look like a nursery with a rocking chair and cuddly toys, the room can also be used to teach healthy newborn care.