LionReach - Mobile Training and Evaluation Center
LionReach is a mobile 53-foot state-of-the art educational and training classroom facility purchased with funds from a Department of Health and Human Services grant. Penn State Hershey took delivery of the vehicle this past summer after working in partnership with 17 regional hospitals to determine how the funds could best be used and what the vehicle would require.
“LionReach has the capacity to provide important services to our region by improving resources for emergency training and hospital preparedness,” said Dr. Thomas Terndrup, chair of emergency medicine at Hershey Medical Center and Principal investigator for the Healthcare Facilities Partnership grant used, in part, to fund LionReach. Dr. James Leaming, Co-principal Investigator for the project describes LionReach as "designed and equipped to provide flexibility for education, training and simulations experiences in a variety of areas.”
"Hospitals are frequently less prepared for potential disasters than other emergency service agencies like police, fire departments and EMS providers", says Nancy Campbell, Program Coordinator for the Penn State Hershey Healthcare Facilities Partnership of South Central Pennsylvania and LionReach. Learn More >>
The LionReach is equipped with (4) of the newest computerized Laerdal manikin simulators and a variety of adult, pediatric and newborn airway manikins. Our advanced airway teaching is available with use of the Glidescope video laryngoscope. LionReach can accommodate 13 individual patient care areas with inline oxygen and suction available at each site. Customized training programs can be designed to meet the learning needs for groups of any size.
Penn State Hershey Department of Emergency Medicine offers training programs to better prepare regional healthcare providers to respond to public health emergencies. In collaboration with Crisis Simulations International, Penn State’s Emergency Preparedness Training provides real-time computer-based simulations for the following scenarios:
- Pandemic flu affecting a local hospital and community
- Mass casualty incident involving a terrorist bombing in a public arena
- Large-scale hospital evacuation including multiple floors and patient populations
Students actively participate in a flat-screen computer-based simulations that creates a realistic approach to preparing for these disasters through cascading decision-based scenarios. Facilitated debriefing sessions allow for group discussions and preparedness planning. To learn more, click here.
The LionReach is a mobile training and evaluation center, capable of providing flexible educational space for:
- Multimedia computer simulations
- Procedural clinical skills training
- Hands-on practical learning
- Web-based video-conferencing
- Advanced 800 MHz radio communications training
- Satellite internet access and DirectTV support for distance learning and facilitation
- 13-space simulated patient care areas capable of supporting triage exercises for mass casualty preparedness with real-world utilization in the H1N1 pandemic for emergency patient triage augmentation.
Click to see a video walk-through of LionReach.