Generous support brings state-of-the-art Simulation and Training Center to Edward Hospital

August 19, 2016
Clinical Simulation Ribbon Cutting Thanks to a $1 million gift from the Tellabs Foundation to the Edward Foundation, Edward Hospital has opened a Center with new simulation rooms and expanded space for clinical training. The $1 million donation is the largest one-time amount ever received by the Edward Foundation.

The Tellabs Foundation Center for Clinical Simulation and Learning is located on the second floor of the Education Center on the hospital’s campus, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville.

The Center features four simulation rooms – two multipurpose, general patient simulation rooms; a Trauma/Intensive Care simulation room and a Labor and Delivery simulation room – in which patient simulators are used to duplicate real-world caregiving situations.

“Simulation training provides a safe and realistic way for healthcare providers to acquire skills, learn how to manage unusual or rare complications, and develop effective communication skills,” says Amanda Hunt, Manager, Simulation and Training, Edward Hospital.  

The 2,400-square-foot Center also includes two control rooms which allow instructors to remotely manipulate the physical response of the patient simulators; two multipurpose conference rooms for debriefing and other training services; and storage and prep space for training materials.

“We’re honored to collaborate with Edward and help provide services that aren’t typically offered by a community hospital,” says Chris Birck, Tellabs Foundation Board Member. “This is training that will prove its value inside the hospital and throughout the region every day.”

The Tellabs Foundation supports sustainable initiatives, primarily in education, health and the environment. One of the Foundation’s priorities is to improve health through research, education and treatment.

“The new Center allows us to have all of our simulation and training services in one location,” says Dr. Hyung Kim, Medical Director, Simulation Learning, Edward Hospital. “That’s a major benefit because we’re able to offer more classes, and create scenarios that are more challenging and complex.”

The Tellabs grant also helps cover the cost of two additional patient simulators:

-SimMom, which can simulate the normal delivery of a baby, along with other birth emergencies, and can be used to simulate pre and postnatal care, along with other obstetric scenarios.
-SimNewB, a simulator that is the size of newborn and will allow Newborn Intensive Care Unit staff to practice a range of neonatal skills.

“The Center would not have been possible without the generous support of the Tellabs Foundation,” says Pam Davis, System CEO, Edward-Elmhurst Health. “We’re extremely grateful and proud of the wonderful, long-time partnership we’ve had with Tellabs Foundation.”

The Center provides training services for Edward staff and physicians; community members, including first responders; Edward Ambulance Services; Midwest Heart-Advocate Medical Group specialists and DuPage Medical Group. Edward will also use the Center to assist school districts in training school nurses, and provide hands-on experience to students thinking about pursuing a career in medicine.

The Edward Foundation was established in 1990 and has raised more than $43 million in its mission to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives, including free services and health and wellness programs; centers of excellence like Edward Heart Hospital and Edward Cancer Center; and programs that make Edward unique, like the Ronald McDonald Family Room. To make a donation to or for more information about the Foundation, call (630) 527-3954 or visit  

For more information about the Tellabs Foundation Center for Clinical Simulation and Learning, contact Amanda Hunt at or (630) 527-3945.