The Society for Simulation in Healthcare > Interest Groups > Hospital Based Simulation Programs Section


Denise Foy, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE

Denise Foy is the Operations Manager at the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  She has been using simulation since 2006; first as a nursing education specialist for our medical cardiac specialties, then as a departmental education in charge of preceptor training.  Now she works full time at the simulation center working with all disciplines as they prepare simulation courses.  She has been a RN since 1991, working as a staff nurse on a telemetry unit, hospital supervisor, clinical instructor and nursing educator.  She earned her BSN and Master’s degrees from the University of North Dakota.

Vice Chair

Elizabeth Horsley, RN, MS, CHSE 

Elizabeth began her career as an Operating Room Nurse. She transitioned to nursing education in 2003, and in 2005 responsible for a half-million dollar development grant from the province of Ontario to develop and implement a clinical simulation program in a small undergraduate nursing program. She succeeded in integrating a simulation across all four years of a baccalaureate nursing program. In April of 2017 she was recruited to the position of Director of Simulation at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. She has transformed a forgotten simulation lab and random pieces of equipment in to a robust and thriving space in a community hospital. Elizabeth has pursued many advanced training opportunities in simulation including the Comprehensive Simulation Instructor Workshop at the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard and The Mastery Learning Course at Northwestern. In 2016, she was in the first graduating class from the Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation at Drexel University. She is CHSE certified and facilitates readiness review courses for the certification. She is a self-admitted “hoarder of simulation resources” and her passion is helping novices learn best practices for developing and implementing their own simulation programs.



Amelia R. Manlutac, MSHA

Amelia R. Manlutac is the Quality, Performance and Accreditation of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills.  She has been with Cedars-Sinai for 12 years where she started in Operations Management, before joining the Simulation Center Department in 2013. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master in Science in Health Administration from California State University Northridge.

She oversees all the administrative and accreditation activities of the Simulation Department, which is currently accredited with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, American College of Surgeons, endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and ISO 9001:2015 Certified.

Her administrative role ensures that simulation programs that are facilitated by the Center, are organized, recorded and documented for educational and compliance purposes, while ensuring that daily activities support the simulation and educational programs by the hospital organization.

Her professional interests are in quality, performance, process improvement, leadership, management, policies, procedures, safety and compliance.

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Robert Schremmer, MD, CHSE

Robert Schremmer has been a pediatric emergency physician for over 15 years. After graduating from Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his pediatrics residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo. He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His interests include simulation, medical education, pediatric resuscitation, and the history of Medicine. Dr. Schremmer has been involved in simulation since 2007 and is the one of the founders and currently the Medical Director of Children’s Mercy’s Center for Pediatric Simulation. Under his leadership, the simulation program has grown from a single borrowed mannequin to a very active hospital-based simulation program. He also serves as the Medical Director for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support Training Center. Dr. Schremmer has served as PALS Regional and National Faculty and BLS Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association and has been an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Education Coordinator

Marlo L. Cooper, MSN, RN, OCN

Marlo serves as the Vice Chair of the SSH Hospital Based Simulation Programs Section. She has been a member of SSH for 2 years. In her professional work, she is the E-learning and Simulation Coordinator at Medical City Dallas Hospital.  She lives in Dallas, TX. Her professional interests include education to design, develop curriculum, and facilitate learner-focused simulation-based programs for healthcare professionals including  nursing orientation, mock codes, emergency management, and early recognition and treatment of the deteriorating patient. She can be reached via email

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Mission: To facilitate networking & communication between multidisciplinary hospital based simulation education programs to improve patient safety, staff performance, and simulation sustainability.

The Hospital Based Simulation Programs SIG became a section in January 2014.

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Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety

Accidents and “near misses” from healthcare simulation; best practices and mitigation strategies to reduce potential harm; Not for human use/education only labels (free)


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