Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) in collaboration with researchers from U.S.-based Baylor University inaugurated today a state-of-the-art “Simulation, Education and Research Centre for Nursing Excellence” (SERC) in Bengaluru. The four-storied SERC, which includes a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory to train nurses and doctors in the art and science of medicine, and will house medical trainees, has been built with support from the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Program.
Mark A, White USAID Mission Director to India and Dr JV Peter, Director Designate of Christian Medical College in Vellore, inaugurated the facility along with Dr Naveen Thomas Director, Bangalore Baptist Hospital. Also present were Dr Shelby Garner and Dr Lyn Prater, Professors at the School of Nursing at Baylor University and representatives from US-India Education Foundation, Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan, former Directors of BBH, BBMP Corporators of Hebbal and DJ Halli, Dr Jennifer Shearer, Dr Rebekah A Naylor, Dr Gift Norman and Sunny Kuruvilla.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mark White, USAID Mission Director to India, said, “USAID is very pleased to be part of this partnership to build a simulation training and education center for nursing excellence. This center will not only provide a space for learning but also provide safe living accommodations for nurses to live and thrive.”
The SERC is spread across 16,000 square feet and the simulation laboratory will use high-fidelity mannequins and teaching materials to impart Medical and Nursing Education to nurses and doctors studying at the facility. The faculty at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital Nursing Institute collaborated with researchers at Baylor University, a premier academic institution in the U.S., to equip the laboratory and also underwent intense training at Baylor University’s School of Nursing for over the last three years to develop skills to teach simulation.