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Simulation training, education and research expertise earns five VHA leaders top honors

By Gerald Sonnenberg
EES Marketing and Communication

WASHINGTON, D.C. Five VHA leaders have been singled out for their expertise in leadership and mentoring in the field of clinical simulation training to earn the 2016 VA Under Secretary for Health’s Awards for Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research. This award program recognizes clinical and executive leaders in VHA’s clinical simulation who have supported and advanced VHA’s strategic plan for simulation. The annual awards were established as a means of promoting and advancing system-wide progress of VHA goals, objectives and strategies for the deployment of clinical simulation to improve the quality of health care Veterans receive.

The following are the selectees and categories:

 

  • Joe Battle, director of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics, is the recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Executive Leadership Award.
  • Steven Howard, M.D., co-director of the VA Palo Alto Simulation Center in Palo Alto, California is the recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice Award.
  • Douglas Paull, M.D., MS, FACS, FCCP, CHSE, senior medical officer/deputy director, National Center for Patient Safety, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award.
  • Sonya Dunn, Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI) program director and simulation center director, at the Lexington VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Kentucky, and Reggie Horwitz, RN-BC, MSN, AGCNS, AGPCNP-BC, NP-C, CCRN, CEN REdI coordinator/critical care nurse educator, at the Durham VAMC in North Carolina, were both selected as the recipients of the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award for REdI.

“Since the inception of the USH Simulation Awards in 2010, we have identified and recognized VHA staff members who are national and international leaders in health care simulation,” said Dr. Haru Okuda, SimLEARN national medical director. “The quality of the recipients from this year continues to ensure VA maintains its innovativeness and advantage in progressing simulation-based health care training for the clinical providers in order to improve Veteran care and contribute to the field of health care simulation.”   

For more information about the awards, please go to the awards page here