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CHEFA Grant Awarded to Danbury Hospital For Simulation Lab

By Danbury Hospital

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DANBURY, CT - Danbury Hospital announced today that it has been awarded a $71,800 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) as part of its Client Grant Program to obtain Ultrasonography/Transthoracic Echocardiology Simulator equipment for its simulation laboratory to train medical staff to quickly and accurately diagnose various emergent situations.

Danbury Hospital is a teaching hospital serving the needs of residents in Western Connecticut. The hospital trains the next generation of physicians in the provision of high-quality patient care and the ability to quickly diagnose a patient with cardiovascular disease can often mean the difference between life and death. This new equipment will be used to conduct safe and convenient educational opportunities.

Danbury Hospital currently maintains strong training programs in areas such as internal, medicine, primary care, and obstetrics and gynecology, and teaches about 110 residents and 6 cardiovascular fellows annually. Cardiovascular diseases represent the leading diagnoses of patients at Danbury Hospital. Approximately half of hospital admissions and Emergency Department visits to patients 50 years of age and older present with a cardiovascular disease diagnosis. Despite the fact that emergency medicine and internal medicine physicians are the first immediate contact point with patients, they often lack the specific training in echocardiography that would allow them to conduct a cardiac examination. It is widely known that the shorter the time from call to diagnosis and procedure benefits the recovery process-time is recovered heart muscle. The ability to quickly diagnose a patient with cardiovascular disease can often mean the difference between life and death. Training tools such as this Simulator provide variable co-morbidities and scenarios allowing safe and convenient training opportunities.

“As our organization continues to transform care delivery, the importance of training tools such as this Simulation Lab cannot be over stated. This will allow our clinical teams and resident interns an important opportunity to practice their craft using state-of-the-art simulation,” said Ramin Ahmadi, Chair of Medical Education and Research at Danbury Hospital. “We are so grateful to CHEFA for this financial support and endorsement of our ongoing approaches to quality improvement.

Patient simulators and validated scenarios are the ideal way to challenge a trainee’s clinical and critical thinking skills, providing the best possible preparation for this specialized patient care service, without any risk to patients. While Danbury Hospital is currently planning to develop a state-of-the-art simulation center by 2014, this new simulation equipment allows our clinical teams to address our most pressing medical issues and to foster a culture where simulation methods are used and valued.

CHEFA recently announced $1 million in grants to 15 of its nonprofit client agencies throughout the state. CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. For more information about CHEFA, visit

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