Instruction at the STAR Center takes place within the realistic environment of our virtual inpatient and outpatient settings. It includes a nurse's station, fully functioning clinical units, three outpatient training rooms, six conference rooms, an ambulance simulator, an apartment, and a state-of-the-art virtual reality suite.
The Main Lab is the heart of the simulated hospital that opened in 2007 through a generous grant from the Highmark Foundation and donations from 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.
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 service provider.
This room replicates a critical care unit. It includes the needed equipment and supplies to care for a critically ill patient.
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.
This multipurpose, 5,000-square space allows for a variety of simulation activities. It includes:
Perfect for obstetrics, gynecology to practice procedures on birthing and newborn manikins.
In our simulated NICU, team members practice critical sills on our life-like premature and full-term infant simulators.
The simulation apartment includes a living room, kitchen area, bathroom/laundry area, and a bedroom. We host family conversations, community paramedical, and nursing courses in this space.
This room is located on the third floor and is used to add realism to simulations. For example, the creations of wounds, injuries, (known as moulage) and 3D Printing.
The VR Suite is located on the first floor and has highly sophisticated equipment to practice and perfect surgical skills using a GI/ Bronch, Laproscopic and Cardiovascular mentor.