Exploring simulation with the expectation of improved patient care. 

Acute care patient in SIMS Medical Center



Model Tour






Typical Acute Care Unit stage for patient simulationSIMS Medical Academy?/font> is a state-wide collaboration consisting of all 15 community colleges within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In a coordinated effort, each of the community colleges are developing a process to integrate patient simulation into first the nursing curriculum, followed by other areas of health. The goal is to create for each college at least one patient unit.  Each unit will consist of four patients with the supportive equipment and environment as is found in the hospital setting.  Academy members explore computer based simulation, and where appropriate, integrate simulation into the curriculum  with the expectation of improved patient care. 

Member Institutions

Each regional  institution is responsible for assisting other region members in developing, implementing and sustaining patient simulation.  Contacts are listed for most insitutions.  Anyone interested in or currently using patient simulation is invited to join.

Lead Institutions are in Italics

Region I - Western Mass.
Contact Mike Foss

Springfield Technical Community College
Mike Foss  413.755.4840 or 4838
Patricia Hanrahan  413,755.4961

Berkshire Community College
Anna Foss

Greenfield Community College
Judi Singley

Holyoke Community College

Region II - Middle Mass.

Mt. Wachusett Community College
Patricia Carroll SIMs Medical Lab Coordinator Nursing Dept.
978.632.6600 x 345

Middlesex Community College
Carol Femia, Assistant Professor Nursing and Lab Coordinator 978-656-3177
Rory Putnam 978.738.7538

North Shore Community College

Northern Essex Community College
Sheila Kane  978.738.7410

Quinsigamond Community College
Karen Hesselberg, Nurse Education Lab Coordinator and Senior Technical Specialist 508 854-2716


Region III - Eastern Mass.

Mass Bay Community College
Carolyn Parmenter, Health Professions
Lab Technician, 508-270-4293,

Bristol Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Cape Cod Community College

Massasoit Community College

Roxbury Community College

How to Join the Academy


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