Learning Center Areas of Focus

The Memorial Learning Center showcases our commitment to education, collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement as well as our commitment to strengthening relationships with our healthcare partners. We focus on learner-centered environments to improve the learner’s ability to apply and retain information and improve outcomes for our patients and customers.

Surgical Skills: The J.Roland Folse, MD Surgical Skills Center allows residents and physicians to hone their skills in a simulated surgical environment. Using computer simulators and virtual reality technology, as well as specially designed procedure modules, learners can practice a wide array of skills. Almost every SIU residency program uses the skills center and follows a mandatory procedure curriculum throughout the year. Other users of the center include military personnel, nurse practitioners, emergency medical services employees, radiology students, surgical technician students and practicing physicians.

Education Initiatives: Our commitment to learning and development for the healthcare workforce is evident through colleague development opportunities. The desire to be at the forefront of innovative care drives Memorial to place a premium on education – with the belief that a better trained workforce produces improved patient outcomes and moves the health system forward.

Performance Improvement: At Memorial Health, our commitment to quality and safety spans the entire care continuum. We provide patients with a singularly great experience, meeting both their physical and emotional needs. The Memorial Learning Center helps train our workforce to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered care. Our dedication to quality and safety has been repeatedly recognized on an international level by respected and peer-reviewed committees, associations and publications focused on patient-centered excellence.

Simulation: The Simulation Center features 10 unique simulated learning environments in 16,000 square feet on the third floor and includes: a nurse’s station, patient room, operating room, an office and an exam room modeled after Memorial Care and Urgent Care rooms. Simulated patients can be programmed with different symptoms. Also:

  • An intensive care room serves a dual purpose as a labor and delivery room; clinicians can run mock scenarios on a simulated patient that can give birth seven different ways. Two rooms – a trauma bay and a treatment room – simulate an emergency department setting.
  • A mock residence with a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom in 1,300 square feet features half walls for easy observation and is used for training by ambulance providers, firefighters and home service and hospice caregivers.
  • A high-tech ambulance simulator, which mimics on-the-road movement, allows emergency medical technicians to train as if they’re transporting patients to the hospital.