Daemen and Catholic Health Partner to Provide Orientation Program

By | September 26, 2023

Diane Bessel talking to crowd in RIC classroomA new partnership between Daemen University and the Catholic Health System (CHS) will allow the healthcare system to provide an orientation program on campus, with new CHS employees receiving trauma-informed training through Daemen’s Center for Interprofessional Learning and Simulation (CILS).

The first training session was held on Saturday and saw employees from various professional backgrounds take care of patients, who were portrayed by professional actors, within a hospital system. The scenarios were recorded in order to provide constructive feedback to employees after the training was completed. 

Faculty in CILS room “This is a great opportunity for Daemen University to establish the CILS as a professional development simulation provider for WNY,” said Tony Surace, the executive director of the CILS. “It gave employees from CHS the opportunity to work together and implement teambuilding and teamwork as part of their 5-day orientation program. It was terrific to see them working together with one goal in mind, taking care of the patient.”

The orientation program is being provided over the next five Saturdays to 150 employees who will work out of Catholic Health’s new Lockport Memorial Hospital, which is scheduled to open this fall.