(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced she has included $1.2 million in funding for Community Health Education and Simulation Center to provide Seattle residents with a central location to access hands-on healthcare training, education on diseases, hospital services, and general health care information. 

Senator Murray included the funding in the Labor, Health, Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill – the annual spending bill that funds healthcare priorities. Senator Murray is a senior member of the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee. 

"This funding will go toward building a central, comprehensive facility that will provide healthcare education and training to Seattle residents," said Senator Murray. "It will be a place that will meet the needs of healthcare professionals who need continuing education, community members who seek a healthier lifestyle, and anyone seeking information on healthcare and disease prevention."

The Community Health Education and Simulation Center (CHESC) would be built by Northwest Hospital and Medical Center. The CHESC would serve as a hands-on training center using state-of-the-art equipment and simulation mannequins for practice allowing staff to learn medical procedures and life-saving techniques. 

Among other things, the center will provide community members with training for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.  Health care providers, fire stations, ambulance companies, and EMTs would be able to participate in continuing education programs at the center. Currently, there is no facility that fits the comprehensive educational and training needs of Seattle residents and Northwest Hospital and Medical Center staff.  The total estimated cost of this project is $3.5 million.

"Medical simulation is one of the most compelling and effective training technologies available anywhere for expanding and refining the skills of healthcare professionals," said William Schneider, CEO of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.  "We are grateful for Senator Murray's tireless efforts to bring this invaluable resource to practitioners throughout our region and delighted to be able to join with a broad-based group of people who share a commitment to creating a safer, more high-quality healthcare environment for members of our community."

Now that Murray's funding has passed the committee, it will move to the Senate floor for consideration. Senator Murray will continue to use her position in the Senate to improve healthcare access, affordability and innovation for residents throughout Washington state.