MONTCLAIR, NJ  – The Center for Advanced Simulation Training and Learning (CASTLe), also known as the simulation lab at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, has been recognized as an accredited facility in the area of Teaching Education and Systems Integration.  This accreditation is awarded by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the largest and most prestigious international accrediting body for simulation.


The Center is the first to be accredited in the Hackensack Meridian Health network, the second accredited center in New Jersey and the thirty-first in the world to be accredited in Systems Integration. The simulation lab is used to train all team members, including attending physicians, residents, nurses, nurse assistants and ancillary staff.


“Our mission is to improve the safety and quality care provided to our patients by developing and enhancing practitioners’ skills and clinical competence,” says Gabriela Bambrick –Santoyo, M.D., director of Simulation at Mountainside Medical Center. “Improving safety and quality care takes teamwork and collaboration across many disciplines so that we can be responsive to the needs of the hospital..”

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This designation recognizes Mountainside Medical Center as an expert in simulation education, providing training activities to meet facility training needs while directly improving patient safety through education. With this accreditation, Mountainside Medical Center can also provide support to other facilities to replicate its program or establish their own.


“Like all of our hospital accomplishments, these results could not have been achieved without the combined efforts of our team members and key leadership,” said John Fromhold, CEO at Mountainside Medical Center.  “This accreditations reinforces our commitment to provide quality services while maintaining a consistent approach to patient care.”