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February 5, 2015: The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is pleased to announce the awarding of the first twenty-one Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) certifications. “The Operations Specialists are as varied and unique as the centers who employ them. Some have titles that include Simulation Technicians, Simulation Technology Specialists, and Simulation IT Specialists. Regardless of the title, the growing field of simulation operations is the result of the increasing demands for skills, knowledge and abilities to meet the operational needs of busy simulation centers and labs. The CHSOS communicates to current and future employers that they have the best that this field is offering to them“ said H. Michael Young, CHSE, Chair of the CHSOS Subcommittee. These first individuals who have received this distinction have demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to support and deliver quality healthcare simulations.

The new CHSOSs come from Israel, Qatar, and the United States—with many more to come. Operations Specialists, who must know a wide range of skills in various technologies and healthcare simulation methods, are an important part of ensuring that simulations run well.

This certification was designed to support and recognize these key individuals from all over the world. SSH would like to thank all of those from the simulation community who have helped to develop this certification collaboratively. The involvement of the community and other societies was essential in ensuring the development of a high-quality certification process.

For more information about this new certification, which is now available to all eligible applicants, can be found at http://www.ssih.org/Certification/CHSOS. For additional questions, please contact Andrew Spain at aspain@ssih.org.

Congratulations to the following individuals:

Kevin Pohlman, New York
Edward Rovera, California
Russell Metcalfe-Smith, California
Matthew Pierce, Texas
Nathan Walsh, Illinois
Ira Rubenstein, Virginia
Luther Raechal, Idaho
Moraima Castaneda, Washington
Ronald Streetman, Michigan
Angela Amick, West Virginia
Roger deWeerd, Qatar
Sunmeng Chen, Florida
Gail Johnson, Minnesota
Kevin Miracle, Pennsylvania
Joseph Case, Iowa
Judy Kitchens, Texas
William Davis, Texas
Lawrence Kobulinsky, Pennsylvania
Ran Rubinstein, Israel
Ronald Young, Tennessee
Joshua Onia, Pennsylvania

Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in healthcare, SSH membership is comprised of all healthcare disciplines, 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. For more information, go to www.ssih.org.

Media and other inquiries may be directed to:
Holly Simonton, MA,
Communications Manager 
communications@ssih.org
 or 866-730-6127.

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