Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Mid-State Technical College Partner to Establish Health Care Simulation Center

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August 23, 2019
Photo Caption: An example of an interactive anatomy table that will be in the new health care simulation center

Innovative center will provide state-of-the-art health care training.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS –  Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Mid-State Technical College are collaborating to help meet our community’s growing demand for highly trained health care professionals by establishing the “Mid-State Health Care Simulation Center ~ In Partnership with Aspirus.”

Opening in 2020, the state-of-the-art simulation center will primarily be used to provide
Mid-State Technical College (Mid-State) students with simulated educational experiences to supplement their clinical training in the following health care fields:
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technologist/Central Sterilization Technician
  • EMT-Paramedic
The center will also be used for continuing education and training by Aspirus Riverview staff, as well as for community education. It will be located in Aspirus Riverview Hospital’s former birthplace, which was vacated when the new Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace opened in February 2019.

Renovation and equipment costs are being funded by a grant from the Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin in alignment with the foundation’s mission to improve health and well-being in the Greater Wisconsin Rapids area.

The simulation center will be equipped with nine medium-fidelity and high-fidelity manikins that replicate nearly all clinical scenarios, such as stroke, sepsis infection, bleeding, shock and much more. The manikins enable students to practice their skills in a consequence-free environment before progressing to clinical training with live patients. Additionally, simulation sessions can be recorded for review and debriefing purposes – an educational opportunity rarely available with traditional clinical training.

“The simulation center will provide students the opportunity to practice scenarios they may not experience during their clinical training with live patients,” said Dr. Shelly Mondeik, Mid-State President. “Simulation enables students to develop, practice and master skills in an environment where patients are not endangered. Repeated exposure to challenging situations – sometimes not experienced during their clinical rotation – results in graduates who possess advanced skills, strong critical thinking and decision-making abilities, and improved confidence.”

The 12,000-square-foot center will include:
  • 5 hospital rooms to train nurses, respiratory therapists and EMT/paramedics
  • 5 exam rooms to train medical assistants
  • 1 central sterilization area to train central service technicians
  • 1 surgical suite to train surgical technologists
  • 1 lab draw room to train phlebotomists
  • 1 nurses station
  • 1 medication room
  • 2 large classrooms
“This simulation center will enhance our ability to attract and train more health care students,” said Dr. Mondeik. “Limited availability of clinical training sites reduces the number of students we can accept into our health care programs. For example, our nursing program currently has more than 170 students on the waitlist. In Wisconsin, up to 50 percent of the clinical hours required in nursing and EMS education can be obtained through high-fidelity simulation. 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 health care professionals – into our community caring for patients. By 2025, Mid-state will have the capacity to train 350 nursing students each year.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Mid-State to create this leading-edge health care training center,” said Kim Johnson, DNP, Aspirus Riverview Vice President of Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer. “As our population ages and many health care professionals reach retirement age, the need for nurses and other health care staff continues to rise. Mid-State’s ability to attract and educate more health care students will have a substantial impact on our ability to meet that need – both at Aspirus Riverview and throughout our community.”

The simulation center will be staffed by one full-time simulation specialist, who is employed by Mid-State to operate the center, coordinate training with Mid-State instructors, and build relationships with community partners who may also utilize the center.

About Aspirus
Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Its 7,700 employees are focused on improving the health and well-being of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus serves communities through four hospitals in Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians. Aspirus was recognized in 2018 and 2019 by IBM Watson Health as a Top 15 Health System in its annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country. For more information, visit

About Mid-State Technical College
Mid-State, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, offers associate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates in a variety of high-demand fields. With campuses in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, the College district serves a resident population of approximately 171,370. Mid-State’s supportive environment, state-of-the-art technology, and faculty with professional experience in the fields they teach provide Mid-State graduates with real-world skills, knowledge, experience and confidence they need for an in-demand career. More than 9 in 10 Mid-State graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Visit the College’s website at For more Mid-State Technical College news, visit

About Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin
Legacy Foundation is an independent, non-profit, private foundation based in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. The foundation was created with the proceeds from the sale of Riverview Hospital Association. Its mission is to Improve Health and Well-being in the Greater Wisconsin Rapids Area by focusing on the physical, economic, social, emotional and psychological aspects of our communities.
Tami Barber / Dr. Bobbi Damrow
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