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Non-profit Banner Health, which is headquartered in Phoenix, Az., and provides healthcare services in seven states and operates 23 hospitals, is taking an innovative approach to training and continuing education for its professional staff. The Banner Simulation Medical Center is a 55,000-square-foot, 55-bed hospital that features a fully equipped and functioning ER, operating room, pediatric ICU, neonatal ICU, adult ICU, labor and delivery, and patient care medical and surgical unit. Seventy-one patient simulators - or computerized mannequins - are willing participants in any simulated patient care situation that is free of any real consequences. Each unit is complete with the full complement of "simulated" medical gases, computer charting stations for e-medical record documentation, and all the technology and equipment required for each respective areas such as ventilators, defibrillators, feeding and infusion pumps, and physiologic monitors. Other innovative technologies like e-ICU and e-hospital concepts are integrated as well. The simulated medical center is used to deliver experiential or hands-on immersive curricula, training and evaluations on a variety of clinical procedural skills and scenario based learning situations including but not limited to the following: adult learning principles, evidence based practice, measureable objectives, performance measures, experiential learning and outcome data.