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Diane Clark Patient Simulation, Education and Safety Center opens at Northside Gwinnett

Northside Hospital Gwinnett has a new patient simulation, education and safety center on its campus. Cliff Clark, a Northside donor, made a multi-year donation to have the center be named in honor of his wife, Diane, who passed away in 2012. Clark is the co-founder and CEO of Discovery Point Child Development Centers.

Northside senior leadership gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 12.


Medical education has traditionally relied upon the use of live patients for training nurses, therapists, and physicians about new techniques and procedures. Increasing patient acuity, technology, cost containment, and focus on safety have changed traditional workplace education models in health care.

“Graduate medical education is a big priority for Northside Gwinnett and across the system,” said Debbie Mitcham, president and CEO of Northside Hospital Gwinnett.

The new space will provide sufficient simulator rooms designed for a variety of practical settings found in the hospital, such as a labor and delivery room, an emergency department trauma room, a medical-surgical department room, an operating room, and a critical care room.

“The location of where a physician completes their residency training often will determine where they will begin their practice,” Mitcham said. “Northside is committed to growing and training our own world class physicians here and the Clark Center is a very important piece to that puzzle."

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education at Northside.


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