Mid-State Technical College and Aspirus Health Care have opened their new Health Care Simulation Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

At 12,000 square feet, the Simulation Center's design repurposes a portion of the third floor of Aspirus Riverview Hospital, allowing Mid-State to increase nursing student capacity and provide experiences for all health and EMS programs at the college.

It will also provide professional development for current health care professionals through continuing education.

The Simulation Center is the result of a threeway collaboration agreement between the hospital, Mid-State and The Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin, which provided a donation for the renovation and equipment.

Students training in the Simulation Center work in both inpatient and outpatient care zones and have access to nine medium-fidelity and high-fidelity manikins that replicate nearly all clinical scenarios, including stroke, sepsis infection, bleeding, shock and birthing. Simulation sessions can also be recorded for review and debriefing.

“This center will enable Mid-State to increase our nursing class sizes by eight students each semester over the next two years, getting more nurses — as well as other healthcare professionals — into our community caring for patients. By 2025, Mid-State will have the capacity to train up to 350 nursing students each year,” said Colleen Kane, dean of Health and Protective & Human Services.