February Presidential Message: 2020 off to a hot start with IMSH success > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Wow! What an IMSH!

I heard from so many of you about how absolutely energized you were both during and following your time in San Diego attending your annual conference! Thank you so much for participating in what I think might have been the best SSH event yet.

What is not to love, right? Thought provoking plenaries! Outstanding immersives, workshops, and courses! Tremendous opportunities to meet old and new friends! The largest exhibition floor, ever, with lots of new technologies to see, hear, and touch! Oh, and the SHARING! SO MUCH SHARING! Thank you again for doing your part as both society members and simulationists to help make IMSH 2020 one for the record books.

Kudos, too, to every person on the SSH Staff, led by Executive Director, the unsinkable Jenn Manos, as well as the immensely talented IMSH 2020 Planning Team – Aaron Dix, Kirsty Freeman, Jeff Groom, and Keith Littlewood. Thanks for putting in so many hours of thinking and doing on the Society’s behalf to produce such a great event for your professional peers and industry!

The huge amount of positive momentum coming out of San Diego sets the stage for a tremendous 2020 in the healthcare simulation community as we set our sights on next January 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana, for IMSH 2021!

Representing SSH on the road

I recently participated in the Modeling and Simulation Leadership Summit, held Feb. 24 in Jacksonville, Florida. The theme of the event was Patient Safety. I am very happy to report there was a strong SSH presence and influence on the planning team and the event, which was graciously hosted by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA).

The event informs the Congressional M&S Caucus of ways that M&S can affect patient safety and improve patient outcomes, with a particular emphasis to the clinical environment.

Congressmen Jack Bergman (1st District, Michigan), Bobby Scott (3rd District, Virginia) and John Rutherford (4th District, Florida) attended the event, along with their staff. It was a distinct honor and pleasure to spend time talking with these representatives about some of the patient safety challenges we all face.

I believe that the Congressional language crafted because of this event will create new opportunities for our members. Specifically, those opportunities will allow us to grow healthcare simulation’s role and use in solving critical patient safety challenges. Stand by for more as the language firms up.

American Heart Month

Lastly, February is American Heart Month. Remember to raise awareness about heart health and urge those around you to prevent heart disease. #OurHearts are healthier together!

In addition, the World Health Organization named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in order to advance nurses' and midwives' vital position in transforming healthcare around the world. It also is in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

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