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UCHealth Memorial Hospital recently launched the UCHealth Community Education Center – Colorado Springs (“Center”), a unique, multi-nodal program designed to address the nursing and paramedic workforce shortage and to offer enhanced simulation training for community partners. The Center is purposed to fulfill UCHealth Memorial’s mission to improve lives by collaborating with city and county first responders (Fire, Police, Sheriff, all hospitals, and the public) to provide first aid, resuscitation, disaster training, and behavioral health crisis intervention training. As a prospective Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, UCHealth Memorial Hospital has committed resources to implement this unique program and is actively fundraising to make it a reality for Southern Colorado.

Given the behavioral health crises that exist in this community, training for first responders is a priority for the health system. The Center will also employ Simulation Lab Learning, supporting area paramedic and nursing programs, as well as community-wide opportunities for classroom learning through sophisticated simulation devices. Through community-wide collaboration, we will improve first responder response, confidence through education, situational adaptability, and disaster preparedness/ readiness.  We will also support existing educational programs for nursing and paramedicine programs through enhanced simulation learning.

The 16th Annual UCHealth Memorial Hospital Gala on April 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM will benefit the new UCHealth Community Education Center – Colorado Springs and our local heroes in healthcare. For more information about the event or to buy tickets: Memorial Gala