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OGH donors meet high tech simulator

Posted on: 12/21/2018

At left, Sami Placer, system director, clinical education, perioperative services, Olean General Hospital, Bradford Regional Medical Center, demonstrates how “Paulie,” OGH’s new high tech simulator works to donors Laurie Branch and Greg Chiapuso. Also pictured, are Francesca Parry, clinical educator, and Timothy J. Finan, president, chief executive officer.

When Laurie Branch and Greg Chiapuso heard of the capabilities a simulation training mannequin could impact local health care, they were eager to help.

Their enthusiasm and investment led to Olean General Hospital purchasing “Paulie,” the hospital’s new high tech simulator. Branch and Chiapuso recently met Paulie and learned about some of the ways OGH staff will use it for training.

The Laerdal SimMan®3G is an adult-size, programmable simulator that is used to advance clinical staff training. The simulator creates high fidelity experiences for clinical staff including IV access, cardiac monitoring, medication administration, airway management, stroke and cardiac events, bleeding and other bodily fluid excretions, and other basic medical assessments.

“I know how important it is to keep our hospital staff updated on new technologies as they emerge,” Branch said. The mannequin is named after her father, Paul Branch, who battled some critical health issues before his passing several years ago.

“It quickly became apparent to me that this technology was indeed transformational due to its ability to help staff learn and practice in a safe nurturing environment. One of the many great features is that each scenario is being videotaped and will allow for immediate feedback,” Chiapuso said, who also serves on the hospital’s foundation board.

“We are grateful beyond measure for these two investing in our staff and helping to kick off our Healing Hands Campaign. They saw a need and met it. This profound technology will no doubt have an incredible impact on our staff and patients,” said Steve Jackson, OGH Foundation president.

Simulation training will benefit all hospital clinical staff, including nurses, students, physicians, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists and EMS personnel.

The Healing Hands Campaign will support essential tools for nurses and clinical staff. For more information on the campaign, visit or call the foundation at 716/375-7445.

Upper Allegheny Health System is the parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, members of Kaleida Health, Buffalo. An integration of two prominent community hospitals in Southwestern New York state and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Upper Allegheny Health System’s goal is the enhancement of each hospital’s mission of care and service to their respective communities with the common goal of improving care, enhancing clinical programs and providing best-in-class service for various health needs.

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