Baptist Health South Florida

Mobile Patient Safety Simulation Lab Gives Baptist Health Employees On-the-Spot Crisis Training

December 4, 2020

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MIAMI – December 4, 2020 ― Improving safety for employees and patients, Baptist Health South Florida has unveiled its brand new Patient Safety Simulation Lab – on wheels. It’s the first of its kind in South Florida.

Mobile Sim Lab Exterior“It’s a bus, equipped with a full simulation lab, that can travel to Baptist Health facilities throughout Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties,” said Matt Arsenault, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Baptist Health. “By making the lab mobile, we’ve made crisis training more accessible to employees and physicians at all our locations spanning four counties.”

Used extensively in the aviation industry and in the military, simulation training in health care gives doctors, nurses and other caregivers the opportunity to practice a variety of realistic scenarios in a safe setting with lifelike mannequins programmed to replicate life-threatening emergencies.

“We also work with specific groups on crisis procedures that target their specialties, such as running through a complex surgical procedure or offering practice with new technology and equipment,” said Dr. Charles Augustus II, chief medical officer at Homestead Hospital, part of Baptist Health.

Drs. Spiegelman and Agustus II inside Mobile Sim LabBaptist Health has operated an in-house Patient Safety Simulation Lab on the Baptist Hospital campus since 2011. But by making this high-tech training mobile, it ensures that our physicians, nurses and employees everywhere have access to programs that improve patient safety and enhance emergency preparedness.

The U.S. ranks 65th in maternal death among industrialized nations, and the mortality rate is going up, as reported by the CDC.

“This is one of the reasons that The Joint Commission has recently included new care standards for obstetrical hemorrhage and obstetrical hypertensive crises,” said Dr. Larry Spiegelman, physician at Baptist Health. “Through the Mobile Simulation Lab, we will be able to educate medical staff members on the newest recommendations for treating these emergencies by mimicking real-life situations that occur in the healthcare setting.”

“The investment in mobile technology is an investment not only in our employees, but also in the communities we serve,” added Mr. Arsenault.


About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn @BaptistHealthSF.


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