NGHS receives national recognition for its simulation center

Published: Monday, January 8, 2024

Simulation and Innovation Team

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Patients of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) can expect improved, safer patient outcomes as well as reduced costs thanks to leading training practices that recently received national recognition. 

NGHS’s simulation center was recently accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an international organization that promotes the advancement of simulation-based education for healthcare professionals, for providing a safe environment that mimics the actual clinical environment for healthcare professionals to practice their skills. 

“This achievement isn’t just a milestone for NGHS, but also a shining example of how dedication, innovation and collaborative leadership can lead to exceptional outcomes in healthcare education and practice,” said Jim Rinehart, director of clinical skills and simulation for Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Graduate Medical Education. 

To achieve accreditation, NGHS’s Center for Simulation and Innovation underwent a comprehensive review of its facilities, curriculum, faculty qualifications and adherence to best practices. The accreditation enhances NGHS’s reputation as a trusted institution for healthcare education and attracts top talent, including educators and learners. Additionally, it fosters collaboration with other accredited simulation centers, enabling NGHS to share knowledge and contribute to the advancement of simulation-based education on a regional and national level.  

Becker’s Hospital Review, a national trade publication, also recently named NGHS as one of 34 hospitals and health systems across the nation – and the only one in Georgia – with a great simulation and education program. Becker’s cited NGHS’ simulation center for partnering with high schools, colleges, EMS and law enforcement agencies to train more than 6,700 physicians, nurses, medical assistants, physical therapists, first responders, residents, fellows and college and high school students.  

NGHS appeared on the list alongside other hospitals and health systems like Stanford Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System and NYU Langone Health. 

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About NGHS

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through five hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, Dahlonega and Demorest – with a total of more than 850 beds and more than 1,300 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. Learn more at