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Our Vision, Mission and Goals


The Northwest Simulation Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization, envisions an efficient statewide network of simulation technology resources, information and training systems.


To ensure quality patient care for all Oregonians through the use of simulation technology and practice to help healthcare workers to be more confident, competent and compassionate in providing patient care.


To increase the capacity of healthcare systems and academic organizations throughout Oregon, Washington & Alaska to use simulation for multi-agency and inter-professional education & training, in order to  teach, improve, & maintain the skills and performance of  the healthcare workforce.

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  • Created a highly collaborative alliance composed of statewide coalitions of healthcare institutions and educational programs and individual organizations and institutions.

  • Conducted site meetings in 17 communities around the State to organize and create local conditions of multi-sector, multi-disciplinary organizations and to assess local simulation readiness.

  • Raised $1.57 million to launch the statewide simulation network, purchase high-fidelity simulation equipment for coalitions around the State, and to further the user of simulators in Oregon healthcare industry.

  • Awarded 15 grants to local coalitions in Oregon for the purchase of healthcare simulation equipment.

  • Established statewide pricing agreements with the three simulation equipment vendors.

  • Formed a governing council to provide strategic direction for the Oregon Simulation Alliance and to carry out its goals.

  • Purchased an unrestricted license for a Simulation Foundations curriculum and trained trainers

  • Purchased an unrestricted license for a Simulation Specialist-Apprenticeship course and trained trainers

  • Purchased an unrestricted license for a Simulation Technician course which was supplemented to reflect additional user needs.

  • Hosted the Center for Medical Education Debriefing Education course

  • Provided free training to 157 Oregon health care professionals.

  • Provided cost-shared tuition/travel reimbursement to 45 individuals for simulation related training.

  • Developed a pre-hospital and an emergency room bioterrorism scenario for the Oregon Department of Human Services to utilize for first-responder training statewide.

  • Offered two Simulation Summit education and networking conferences attracting over 200 participants.

  • Developed a business plan.

  • Established a web site

  • Developed a variety of survey instruments

  • Developed a Subscription for Services program which will be implemented July 1, 2008.


Board of Directors


Barbara Croney, BS, CCRP

VP Research & Education

Samaritan Health Services

Corvallis, Oregon


Jesika S. Gavilanes, MA

OHSU Simulation Operations Manger

Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, Oregon


Paula Gubrud-Howe, EdD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor

Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education

Portland, Oregon


Candace K. Hamilton, NRE, MTP

Deputy Director, EMS & Trauma Systems

Health Care Regulation & Quality Improvement

Public Health Division

Portland, Oregon


Jamie Kennel, MS, NREMT-P

Assistant Professor

Chair, Emergency Medical Services

Oregon Health Sciences University

Oregon Technical Institute

Portland, Oregon


Angel Kinzig, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Labor & Delivery and Staff Development Specialist

Rogue Valley Medical Center

Medford, Oregon


Douglas Leonard, MD


Sacred Heart Medical Center, Springfield, Oregon

Assistant Professor-Adjunct OHSU Portland, Oregon


Huy Nguyen, RN, BSN, CHSE

Regional Simulation Nurse Consultant

KPNW Center For Innovative Medical Simulation

Clackamas, Oregon


Stephanie Nonas, MD

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Portland, Oregon


Mary Oakes, MSN, RN

Simulation Program Director, Faculty Instructor

University of Portland

Portland, Oregon


R. Serene Perkins, MD, FACS

Director of Surgical and Clinical Research

Legacy Health System

Portland, Oregon


Wesley E. Rippey, MD

General and Vascular Surgery

Adventist Medical Center

Portland, Oregon


John Saito, MPH, EMT-P

Dean of Health Professions

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon


Adrienne Watson, MSN, RN-BC

System Director, Clinical Education


Vancouver, WA


Dieter Zimmer

Executive Director

Northwest Simulation Alliance

Boise, Idaho