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WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning Designated a Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 31, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals Center for Innovative Learning, formerly the WakeMed Medical Simulation Center, has been designated a Center of Educational Excellence by Laerdal Medical. Laerdal Medical is one of the world’s leading providers of health care solutions, including products and services for simulation, immobilization, basic and advanced life support, patient care, self-directed learning and medical education.

Laerdal’s Center of Education Excellence designation:

Recognizes facilities that have exhibited consistent excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purpose of helping save lives.

Identifies facilities that can be referred to as examples as it relates to the design and implementation of excellent educational programs to help caregivers save lives.

Establishes a network of centers that can provide mutual support for “breaking new ground” in the field.
“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious designation from Laerdal, a leader in the field of medical simulation and education,” said Amar Patel, manager of the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning. “Each day, our team sets out to provide WakeMed’s clinical professionals, as well as clinical professionals from throughout the region and state, with the most advanced medical simulation training possible. We are here to help these professionals better learn how to save lives by giving them the opportunity to practice skills in a controlled yet clinically realistic environment. It is extremely rewarding to be recognized for our accomplishments in this field.”

The WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning is a 3,800 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, located on the Raleigh Campus. It provides a unique training environment for health care providers throughout the region, including those affiliates with Wake AHEC, The Capital Regional Advisory Committee (CapRAC), Wake Technical Community College and the numerous hospitals that comprise the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA).

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.