Dorner - Villeneuve Simulation Education Center

The Clinical Simulation Education program began  in 2009 and is part of the Clinical Professional Development Department at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. In 2014, the program moved to the new location in the Dorner - Villeneuve Simulation Education Center.

This center resembles our current hospital, consisting of three medical/surgical rooms, ICU, emergency room, exam room and OR suite. The center is equipped with the latest AV system for video streaming and recording and high fidelity mannequins that breathe, talk and allow most of the procedures.  Our mannequin patients include two adult males, one pregnant woman, 6-year-old child, 5-year-old child, 1-year-old child, newborn and premature baby.  Volunteers also play the part of patients when natural conversation and emotions are required.

Simulation Education Center Staff  

Wanda Goranson, is the simulation manager. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS). Other staff include: Jake Murray, Simulation Technician and Kay Huntimer, Simulation Clinical Education Specialist. 

Samples of Simulation Offerings:

  • Communication Simulations including giving bad news
  • Informed Consent Simulations – research
  • Inter-professional Mock Code – Cardiac Arrest
  • Lung and ventilator simulations
  • Medical Residency simulations 
  • Nursing Competency simulations – specific to departments
  • Nurse Residency specialty track simulations
  • Nursing Interview Simulation Circuits
Number of Simulation Participants    
 201420152016
January 240176309
February 199340504
March 180355501
April236346441
May259334431
June 246403358
July70175303
August 115318310
September 270321671
October 173451400
November 207293302
December 96250305
Total229137624835