Simulation & Education Center

At Concord Hospital's Forrest D. McKerley Simulation and Education Center, you train on human patient simulators — high tech mannequins — that are programmed to cry, breathe, have a heartbeat and accurately mirror human responses to medical procedures such as CPR, intravenous medication intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.

The Center features state-of-the-art technology to teach and test knowledge, technical skills, teamwork, communication, crisis management, and clinical decision-making. We are one of the few hospitals in New Hampshire to offer this level of training to staff, area first responders and even military medics and police SWAT officers. Training areas include mock Hospital rooms outfitted with the same equipment doctors and nurses use each day in the Hospital. 

Benefits of Medical Simulation

  • Improve multidisciplinary team performance and communication.
  • Recreate conditions of actual practice, teamwork, leadership, and crisis management.
  • Develop best practices and assess clinical competency.
  • Enrich the education of physicians, staff, and students by providing them with scenarios designed to improve each person’s clinical skills, training and judgment in a highly variable but safe environment.
  • Integrate the simulation experience into the workflow process.
Annie Roy, RN and Baby Mannequin

Training that Saves Lives

Most babies begin to breathe on their own with some stimulation at the time of birth, such as a tap on the foot or a little oxygen. Rarely in real births does the medical team have to take further steps, but it happens all the time in the Sim Center so the experienced team knows when it must act quickly, in roles and techniques that have been practiced repeatedly with Alice — a newborn simulator. Alice helps Neonatal Resuscitation Program Lead Instructor Annie Roy teach how to stimulate newborns to take their first breath.