Welcome Healthcare Simulation Program Administrators!


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In May I was thrilled to announce a new event designed specifically for simulation center administrators to provide the support overwhelmingly requested by our growing professional community. Watch the video below and read on to learn why HealthySimAdmin is being developed and how it can help your healthcare simulation program!  Be sure to visit for a complete brochure and discounted registration opportunities!

Key HealthySimAdmin Details:

  1. Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2012.
  2. Location: University of Nevada Las Vegas – Greenspun Hall.
  3. Event will also be online and streamed live around the world!
  4. Get updates by subscribing to the FREE HealthySimAdmin Newsletter.


Why a New Special Event just for Healthcare Simulation Administrators?

Have you been here before?
The manikin isn’t connecting to wifi. You are five minutes late to an interview with a candidate who has no medical experience but a strong background in setting up labs. Someone from purchasing is on line two asking why you just bought $500 in wigs while your assistant informs you today’s tour group just doubled in size. Instantly an email beeps to your phone from your supervisor, who is just casually wondering if your sim labs will be “self-sustainable” for next year’s fiscal budget?

Imagine if access to the combined knowledge of the entire healthcare simulation administrative community could be available from your office desktop.

For the past three years I was honored to serve as the Director of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, a 31,000 square foot multi-institutional multi-disciplinary simulation center complete with high-tech simulation labs, a standardized patient engagement hall, skills labs, surgical training suite, and advanced learning classrooms. During my three years as Director of the CSCLV we faced many challenges some of which included:

  • The integration of a new umbrella administration to process program and faculty requests for equipment, supply, lab and staff support.
  • The procurement of over a million dollars worth of specialized equipment.
  • The hiring and training of more than 10 staff to serve over 500 learners and 80 faculty.
  • The development of business contracts with external entities, which will secure an estimated $250,000 in additional revenue by the end of 2012 needed to help replace aging equipment.

(Note: A summary of how these challenges were met by the CSCLV are summarized in our article Six Challenges Encountered in the Opening of a Multi-Institutional, Interprofessional Simulation Center which was recently published in the INACSL “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” Journal).

Since starting in 2010 I have received countless emails from medical simulation program administrators all around the world looking for answers to the questions inherit with this emerging methodology. And while attending conferences, reading books, and touring other simulation centers has helped – there just has never been enough resources available to support Healthcare Simulation Administrators.

While has provided new resources to the community I know that I am just one voice amoung thousands. And since none of us went to school to become an administrator of a healthcare simulation lab, we each have unique backgrounds which have brought us to this current profession. For example, my background in hollywood production provided me with a unique perspective on the recording challenges faced by a medical simulation program administrator. In other words, each of us has an amazing way to overcome a specific challenge inherit with running a healthcare simulation program.

HealthySimAdmin is being developed to help share these unique perspectives in such a way as to benefit the entire global healthcare simulation administrative community.


Our Questionnaire is now complete – The following topics have been selected by the Healthcare Simulation Administrative Community:

  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Funding models
  • Faculty/educator training & integration
  • Increasing utilization
  • Research integration
  • Operations
  • IT support structure
  • Business development


The state of the art production Greenspun auditorium at the University of Nevada Las Vegas was specifically chosen for its maximum capacity of 200 seats, which will help ensure an intimate conversation where participants voices can be heard. But why let the knowledge stop there? The advanced network and media servers of the Greenspun Hall will allow us to stream the event live, around the world. Additional participants will be able to tap into this ‘virtual conference’ and interact with the panel through questions and feedback.

  1. However what really makes HealthySimAdmin unique is that participants are already having  direct input into the event program. We have had countless survey responses to help us select the most “need-to-know” topics and top questions for the meeting.
  2. For each of the selected topics at HealthySimAdmin (shown above) we will be provided a short presentation by a sim lab administrator who has uniquely overcome that specific challenge.
  3. Each presentation will then be followed with discussion by an experienced panel of center administrators from a range of different simulation programs; including sim managers of community colleges, universities, teaching hospitals, fire departments, the military and more.
  4. Finally, we will open up the discussion for questions and answers by both the auditorium and online audiences.

One of the greatest benefits of participating in an event that is specific to Healthcare Simulation Program Administrators is the focused attention on topics that concern you the most. Maximize your time by engaging directly with content and colleagues that are specific to your emerging profession.

HealthySimAdmin Panel Members Thus Far:

Dean Carolyn Yucha

Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Carolyn Yucha is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY.She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas.

Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.

Allen Giannakopoulos
Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. 
Corporate Director
IT Process Reengineering & Operational Process Support;
Knowledge Reports Development and Client Advocacy
Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. is the Corporate Director for Reengineering and Redesign at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. His duties include computer simulation of processes and scheduled events in clinical and business departments.  Dr. Giannakopoulos earned his academic credentials from the State University of New York in Brockport, BS in Business; University of Rochester, MBA in Business and Marketing; and his Ph.D. in Health Administration from Kennedy –Western in Sacramento.

Dr. Giannakopoulos been published in over 50 health care journals and publications and has been a featured speaker and presenter over the past twenty years in health care, quality improvement, and simulation.

Dr. Giannakopoulos has been working with computer modeling and simulations since the 1990’s, when basic tools were created.  Today, the most advanced computer simulation tools are used to mimic clinical processes and provide clinicians with information on how to view the patient experience as a whole, in addition to analyzing specific parts. Dr. Giannakopoulos worked with SSiH to survey members on their experiences in order to ascertain what the best practices are in creating, building, and sustaining a simulation center. This body of knowledge continues to be built for the benefit of organizations that are looking to construct their simulation center.

Jane Kleinman

Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM
CEO Performance Gap Solutions
Founder Medical Simulation Design

Jane Kleinman, RN, MAOM, is the CEO of Performance Gap Solutions, LLC and founder of Medical Simulation Design, Inc. both of which specialize in the strategic, operational, and sustainable planning and implementation of simulation education programs for diverse clients world-wide.

She is a respected leader and developer of Inter-Professional Immersive Patient Care Management simulation experience standards for specialty team training, crew resource management, and operational system modeling designed to identify performance gaps for immediate pro-active mitigation with measurable, improved patient care across the continuum.

In addition, as a Master Trainer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality TeamSTEPPS Program she trains hospital resource teams to function as in-situ coaches for transformational Inter-Professional communication behavioral changes.

As an active participant in simulation based research, Faculty training, daily operations and innovative program development she understands the challenges, pitfalls, needs, and realities of the Simulation Program development journey.

With expertise in health care administration, education, space design, human factors, and product line development Performance Gap Solutions provides comprehensive expertise to clients as diverse as Community Colleges, large multi-site hospital systems, architect firms and statewide alliances.

Her Simulation Program development motto is: “It’s about the methodology not the technology. Methodology impacts planning. Planning impacts outcomes. Outcomes create sustainability”. Her goal is ensure organizations help their Learners: “Turn what they know into what they do”.

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Henry Henao

Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
Director, Simulation Training and Research Center
Florida International University

Henry Henao is a clinical assistant professor of Nursing and currently serves as the Director of the Simulation Training and Research Center (the STAR Center) at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In this capacity, Henry provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility which houses twenty high-fidelity human patient simulators and opened in February of 2010.

Henry has served as a consultant on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation centers. Henry serves as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN). Henry recently served as a subject matter expert to review the soon to be published standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Henry was selected as one of twenty participants’ in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership development program for simulation educators.

Professor Henao has worked as an emergency department nurse and as an Emergency Medical Technician for nearly twenty years. He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is managing partner of Nurse Practitioner Partners, LLC; a nurse-owned company that provides NP services to growing medical practices. Prof. Henao is also Vice-President and Communications Director for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade.

Professor Henao holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Barry University with a graduate specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/The City University of New York.

Amar Patel

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams.

Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Kim Baily

Kim Baily, PhD, RN
Nursing Instructor & Former Director
El Camino Community College Nursing Program

Kim Baily PhD, RN is currently teaching medical-surgical nursing and gerontology at El Camino College, in Torrance, California.  Dr. Baily has been involved in nursing and basic science education for over twenty years and has taught in various educational institutions in California and Washington.

Dr. Baily has a passion for technology and was instrumental in creating the El Camino College simulation program.  Simulation has become an integral part of the nursing program at El Camino.  Dr. Baily was responsible for staffing, equipping and scheduling simulation activities. In addition, she was responsible for overseeing the design of a new four room simulation center which will open at El Camino College in fall 2012. Dr. Baily is a member of the California Simulation Alliance and a member of the El Camino Simulation Advisory Committee.

Dr. Baily received a PhD in physiology from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London England, an MS from the School of Public Health, University of Texas, Health Science Center and an MSN from the University of Phoenix.  Her nursing experience includes critical care and cardiac rehabilitation nursing.

Ferooz Sekandarpoor

Ferooz Sekandarpoor
IT Manager – Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation
CEO – BrainNet Consulting

Ferooz Sekandarpoor has a master degree in Information Technology and computer science. He worked for United Nations Development Program for 5 years as a Network Administrator, and in 2000, Ferooz was one of the keynote speakers in Internet society conference in Yokohama, Japan.

Ferooz joined Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI) in 2003 as computer support analyst and got involved with simulation and videoconference design and support.

Ferooz is currently working as the IT manager for the Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI). He manages day-to-day operation of the center’s network activities such as Web Servers, Email/File servers and Learning Management System (LMS) that is developed by CESEI ( He also oversees the operation of videoconferencing and the technical support for the centers’ simulators which includes (HPS, ECS, METIMan, SimMan, Uro Mentor, GI Mentor, Mentice VIST, Harvey, Surgical Sim, SimMan 3G, MIMIC).

Ferooz is also assigned as Simulation subject matter within Faculty of Medicine and Simulation Technology Working Group STWG. The BC STWG is a volunteer-based community of practice providing technology leadership and support to simulation centres across British Columbia. It works to help simulation initiatives achieve their objectives of enhancing patient safety and improving health professions education by:

• Combining regional resources towards common needs
• Identifying innovative practices in the use of simulation technology
• Encouraging the adoption of standards that will support anticipated curricular objectives.

In addition to IT management at CESEI Ferooz is the principle for his own IT/Simulation consultancy company called BrainNet Consulting where he provides advise and support to companies and institutions on designing their network and simulation centers.

With his free time, he volunteers his time to local TV show called Caravan TV in Vancouver as Technical advisor which also sometimes work as cameraman, editor and more! Ferooz Sekandarpoor Linkedin Profile.

Lance Baily, EMT
Creator –
Founder – Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists
Founding Director & Current Advisor – Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Lance was honored to serve as the Director for the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas when the doors opened in August of 2009 until April of 2012. Lance brought a unique background to the world of Healthcare Education.

Lance’s background in digital video production and love for computer programming developed at UC: Santa Cruz with a BA in Film & Digital Media. Lance then moved to Hollywood where he worked for four years on sets as small as a VH1 interview to as large as Tom Hank’s feature film Charlie Wilson’s War, doing almost every set job possible.

Lance left the film business in 2007 and went back to school to become a certified EMT and Fire Academy Graduate. While training, Lance was introduced to Healthcare Simulation Manikins at El Camino College in Torrance by his mother, Kim Baily Director of the ECC Nursing program. Lance quickly fell in love with Simulation and became a Simulation Technician for the LA Community College School District with his primary home at LA Harbor College’s Nursing Program. Traveling the World looking at sim labs and attending simulation conferences, Lance quickly became engrossed in the process of Simulation.

Lance was hired at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in May of 2009 and worked hard with staff to get the Center up and running for the three collaborative schools that now utilize the space. Lance started in April of 2010 to help build an independent community of ‘Simulation Champions’ interested in sharing honest advice, product reviews, and developing the field of Healthcare Simulation.

Lance also started the “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” ( which was originally called the “Gathering of Technicians” or GOT SIM. This new annual event brings together Sim Techs from around the World to receive specialized training and build a community dedicated to supporting this new amazing profession.

Lance left the CSCLV in April of 2012 after three years of service. He looks forward to the continued success of the Center and now acts as an Advisor. Lance looks forward to continuing to develop support for simulation champions engaging in healthcare simulation.

Meet the rest of the HealthySimAdmin Panel!

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