There’s a new, innovative and state-of-the-art learning environment for Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) students, as well as Mount Carmel medical residents, physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals. This enhanced, high-tech skills and simulation experience is called the Mount Carmel Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC).

The CSSC, which opened its doors in August, is a collaborative project initiated by MCCN and Mount Carmel Medical Education to benefit students, medical residents and Mount Carmel associates, as well as community health-care professionals, such as EMTs.

Developed to achieve the best patient-care outcomes by offering advanced instruction for health-care professionals, the $1.1 million, 11,000-square-foot CSSC is located on the Mount Carmel West (MCW) campus, adjacent to the college.

The CSSC features four large simulation bays, each with a central control center; a room for laparoscopic procedures; and several rooms dedicated to special training in orthopedics and obstetrics. Also included is a skills lab for practicing patient assessment, suturing and other key skills. The college’s currently owned simulators and Mount Carmel Medical Education’s equipment were consolidated to complement newly acquired equipment and technology at the CSSC.

“The new center, with additional space and equipment, will provide our students with an unparalleled learning experience,” said Ann Schiele, PhD, RN, president and dean, Mount Carmel College of Nursing. “The health-care environment is ever changing, and the CSSC will help meet the critical needs of the patients we serve.”

The CSSC was made possible thanks to the generosity of more than 500 physicians, corporate partners, community leaders and donors; $600,000 to help establish the center was raised through the Mount Carmel Foundation’s 13th annual Champagne & Diamonds Gala.

The CSSC occupies the renovated fourth floor of the Medical Office Building at 777 State Street, across from MCW Emergency Services.

For more information about the center and MCCN undergraduate and graduate programs please visit

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