HSA Panel of Experts

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Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences

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University of Nevada Las Vegas

Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Carolyn Yucha is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY.She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas.

Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

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Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.

Allen_GiannakopoulosAllen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D.

Corporate Director

IT Process Reengineering & Operational Process Support;

Knowledge Reports Development and Client Advocacy

Baptist Health South Florida

Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. is the Corporate Director for Reengineering and Redesign at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. His duties include computer simulation of processes and scheduled events in clinical and business departments.  Dr. Giannakopoulos earned his academic credentials from the State University of New York in Brockport, BS in Business; University of Rochester, MBA in Business and Marketing; and his Ph.D. in Health Administration from Kennedy –Western in Sacramento.

Dr. Giannakopoulos been published in over 50 health care journals and publications and has been a featured speaker and presenter over the past twenty years in health care, quality improvement, and simulation.

Dr. Giannakopoulos has been working with computer modeling and simulations since the 1990’s, when basic tools were created.  Today, the most advanced computer simulation tools are used to mimic clinical processes and provide clinicians with information on how to view the patient experience as a whole, in addition to analyzing specific parts. Dr. Giannakopoulos worked with SSiH to survey members on their experiences in order to ascertain what the best practices are in creating, building, and sustaining a simulation center. This body of knowledge continues to be built for the benefit of organizations that are looking to construct their simulation center.

Jane_Kleinman-200x300Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM

CEO Performance Gap Solutions

Founder Medical Simulation Design

Jane Kleinman, RN, MAOM, is the CEO of Performance Gap Solutions, LLC and founder of Medical Simulation Design, Inc. both of which specialize in the strategic, operational, and sustainable planning and implementation of simulation education programs for diverse clients world-wide.

She is a respected leader and developer of Inter-Professional Immersive Patient Care Management simulation experience standards for specialty team training, crew resource management, and operational system modeling designed to identify performance gaps for immediate pro-active mitigation with measurable, improved patient care across the continuum.

In addition, as a Master Trainer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality TeamSTEPPS Program she trains hospital resource teams to function as in-situ coaches for transformational Inter-Professional communication behavioral changes.

As an active participant in simulation based research, Faculty training, daily operations and innovative program development she understands the challenges, pitfalls, needs, and realities of the Simulation Program development journey.

With expertise in health care administration, education, space design, human factors, and product line development Performance Gap Solutions provides comprehensive expertise to clients as diverse as Community Colleges, large multi-site hospital systems, architect firms and statewide alliances.

Her Simulation Program development motto is: “It’s about the methodology not the technology. Methodology impacts planning. Planning impacts outcomes. Outcomes create sustainability”. Her goal is ensure organizations help their Learners: “Turn what they know into what they do”.

Henry_Henao-300x220Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT

Director, Simulation Training and Research Center

Florida International University

Henry Henao is a clinical assistant professor of Nursing and currently serves as the Director of the Simulation Training and Research Center (the STAR Center) at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In this capacity, Henry provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility which houses twenty high-fidelity human patient simulators and opened in February of 2010.

Henry has served as a consultant on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation centers. Henry serves as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN). Henry recently served as a subject matter expert to review the soon to be published standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Henry was selected as one of twenty participants’ in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership development program for simulation educators.

Professor Henao has worked as an emergency department nurse and as an Emergency Medical Technician for nearly twenty years. He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is managing partner of Nurse Practitioner Partners, LLC; a nurse-owned company that provides NP services to growing medical practices. Prof. Henao is also Vice-President and Communications Director for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade.

Professor Henao holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Barry University with a graduate specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/The City University of New York.

Amar_patel-200x300Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC

Director, Center for Innovative Learning WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams.

Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Kim_Baily-300x300Kim Baily, PhD, RN

Nursing Instructor & Former Director

El Camino Community College Nursing Program

Kim Baily PhD, RN is currently teaching medical-surgical nursing and gerontology at El Camino College, in Torrance, California.  Dr. Baily has been involved in nursing and basic science education for over twenty years and has taught in various educational institutions in California and Washington.

Dr. Baily has a passion for technology and was instrumental in creating the El Camino College simulation program.  Simulation has become an integral part of the nursing program at El Camino.  Dr. Baily was responsible for staffing, equipping and scheduling simulation activities. In addition, she was responsible for overseeing the design of a new four room simulation center which will open at El Camino College in fall 2012. Dr. Baily is a member of the California Simulation Alliance and a member of the El Camino Simulation Advisory Committee.

Dr. Baily received a PhD in physiology from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London England, an MS from the School of Public Health, University of Texas, Health Science Center and an MSN from the University of Phoenix.  Her nursing experience includes critical care and cardiac rehabilitation nursing.


James_cypert-e1349742337701James Dylan Cypert, BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP, MOUS, A+

Technology Director – California Baptist University School of Nursing

Balancing technological skills with interpersonal skills have always been the key to James Cypert’s success in technology. Earning degrees in Information Technology and another in Psychology stretched forth from his fundamental view that nearly all technology problems are really people issues. After spending 8 years in manufacturing, in 1997 James earned his first computer technology certification, and followed it with 14 more. James found great success for 12 in technical education by having a voracious appetite for learning and a unique ability explain complicated technological concepts in ways that were easily understood. In 2010, James accepted his current position as Technical Director for the School of Nursing at California Baptist University.

He stepped into a simulation museum, with lots of bells and whistles and not used very often, structural design issues, the complexity of the systems, and lack of buy-in from IT made it difficult for the nursing content experts to get the desire outcomes from the technology. Working closely nursing content experts to develop scenarios, implementing faculty/staff development, and establishing buy-in with the universities IT department, the school of nursing has successfully transformed the simulation center from 2 simulations covering OB and Pediatrics for a total of 16 hours of simulation time, to a simulation center that now has 22 different simulations covering OB, Pediatrics, Adult Health, Mental Health, Critical Care, Community Health, Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, and Geriatrics for a total of 200+ hours of simulation time per semester.

Lance_BailyLance Baily, EMT

Creator – HealthySimulation.com

Founder – Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists

Founding Director & Current Advisor – Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Lance was honored to serve as the Director for the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas when the doors opened in August of 2009 until April of 2012. Lance brought a unique background to the world of Healthcare Education.

Lance’s background in digital video production and love for computer programming developed at UC: Santa Cruz with a BA in Film & Digital Media. Lance then moved to Hollywood where he worked for four years on sets as small as a VH1 interview to as large as Tom Hank’s feature film Charlie Wilson’s War, doing almost every set job possible.

Lance left the film business in 2007 and went back to school to become a certified EMT and Fire Academy Graduate. While training, Lance was introduced to Healthcare Simulation Manikins at El Camino College in Torrance by his mother, Kim Baily Director of the ECC Nursing program. Lance quickly fell in love with Simulation and became a Simulation Technician for the LA Community College School District with his primary home at LA Harbor College’s Nursing Program. Traveling the World looking at sim labs and attending simulation conferences, Lance quickly became engrossed in the process of Simulation.

Lance was hired at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas in May of 2009 and worked hard with staff to get the Center up and running for the three collaborative schools that now utilize the space. Lance started HealthySimulation.com in April of 2010 to help build an independent community of ‘Simulation Champions’ interested in sharing honest advice, product reviews, and developing the field of Healthcare Simulation.

Lance also started the “Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists” (SimGhosts.org) which was originally called the “Gathering of Technicians” or GOT SIM. This new annual event brings together Sim Techs from around the World to receive specialized training and build a community dedicated to supporting this new amazing profession.

Lance left the CSCLV in April of 2012 after three years of service. He looks forward to the continued success of the Center and now acts as an Advisor. Lance looks forward to continuing to develop support for simulation champions engaging in healthcare simulation.

mcmanusCOL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR, FAAEM, FACEP

COL John G. McManus is retired from the military with a combined Federal service record of over 24 years from the United States Army as a Medical Corps Officer and decorated combat veteran. After graduating from North Georgia Senior Military College in 1988 with a B.S. in chemistry on a full National Guard Scholarship, COL McManus attended his M.D. training at Georgia Health Sciences University serving as student government president his final year in 1992. Since then, Dr. McManus has served on active duty in numerous assignments and deployments (Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq) throughout the world. COL McManus completed a 4 year emergency medicine residency in 1999 at Madigan Army Medical Center and University of Washington, an EMS fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a Master Degree in Clinical Research. Furthermore, he is expected to graduate with an MBA this summer. He recently had the honor to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of the last Combat Support Hospital (47th CSH) in Baghdad Iraq. His prior assignments include: Director for the U.S. Army’s EMS Department and also the Director for the Center of Pre-deployment Medicine, at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas (equivalent to Associate Deans). COL McManus also founded and served as the program director for both the U.S. Army’s first emergency medicine subspecialty fellowship, at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (2007-11) and at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (2010-11).

COL McManus is a physician executive that possesses extensive and progressively responsible experience that provided clinical leadership and medical management in both the Department of Defense and civilian medical community. He possesses a thorough understanding of medical device research, development practices, training as well as deployment logistics (particularly with Department of Defense). His research focus included trauma and combat casualty care research at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on pre-hospital, disaster and critical care medicine. He is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker with over 500 presentations and accomplished author of over 100 scientific publications to include editor of 5 medical textbooks. Clinically Dr. McManus currently works as an attending emergency medical physician at two Level I trauma teaching hospitals in San Antonio. He was awarded the National Emergency Medicine teaching award and was recognized as the outstanding Army Medical Department LTC of the year by the U.S. Army Surgeon General in 2006.

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