The Judith & Marvin Herb Family Simulation Center at NCH Healthcare System in Naples has been awarded a grant opportunity of $1 million by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of Naples resident Dick Schulze, who founded electronics retailer Best Buy.
To receive this grant, NCH must raise $1 million toward the Simulation Center before May 1, 2023, according to a statement. Gifts of any size contributed within the allotted time period to the simulation program will count toward the Schulze Family Foundation challenge grant, the release adds.
The Herb Family Simulation Center, the release states, “is an invaluable resource that dramatically improves patient outcomes at NCH. Comparable to flight simulation training used in the airline industry, simulation training provides realistic clinical scenarios that allows health care professionals to practice new procedures and explore cutting-edge technologies, alongside providing a collaborative space for complex problem-solving and community involvement.”
A temporary facility was opened in May 2021, specializing in sector-leading simulation training and has already had a marked improvement on patient care, hospital officials say. In one example, medical professionals transformed and implemented protocols to cut the time it takes to treat a life-threatening heart attack by half, officials add.
The permanent 10,000-square-foot center is set to open in early 2023 and will build on the current success in using high-tech robotic “patients” to mimic real-world medical scenarios. Due to the astonishing complexity of these robots and their similarity to real humans, the clinicians and community partners can perform life-like patient exams, care and procedures. Simulation training results in 90% retention of learning material, compared to 10%-40% retention with traditional classroom lectures and clinical observation.
“I am proud to invest in the Judith & Marvin Herb Family Simulation Center at NCH,” says Schulze in the release. “I have always been drawn to innovative and entrepreneurial ideas and solutions and believe this project will undoubtedly help improve the lives of patients and their families. My goal in issuing this $1 million challenge grant is to rally new donors who wish to multiply their gift to help raise the quality of care available to our community.”
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was created in 2004 to give back to communities where he and Dick Schulze and family live and work. The foundation “looks for meaningful investments that produce specific and measurable outcomes with a focus on human and social services, education, and health and medicine within the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area in Minnesota and the five counties of Southwest Florida which includes Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
The NCH Healthcare System is a nonprofit, multi-facility health care system and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. It includes 713 beds in NCH Baker Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital and an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and Southwest Florida.