MONTCLAIR, NJ [October 2019] – 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.”


About Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit


About the Society for Simulation in Healthcare


SSH seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation.  Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in health care, SSH membership includes physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe.  SSH fosters the improvement and application of simulation–based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers. To learn more about the Society for Simulation in Healthcare visit