Republic Services Donates $50,000 Towards Simulation Lab at Phoenix Children’s

Phoenix Children’s was gifted a $50,000 donation from the Republic Services Charitable Foundation to support the development of the hospital’s Simulation Training Lab. Republic Services is a leader in the environmental services industry and charitable giving is an integral part of the Company’s operations. Based in Phoenix, Republic Services believes it is essential to be integrated into the communities in which their employees live and work. That means committing to communities through donated products and services, volunteer opportunities for employees and granted funds, like the donation to Phoenix Children’s.

“Republic Services is proud to support Phoenix Children’s and grateful for all the hope and help they bring to families throughout our hometown of Phoenix,” said Jon Vander Ark, President and CEO of Republic Services. “The Republic Services Charitable Foundation is a vital part of who we are, and its positive impacts are embedded into our long-term sustainability goals.”

The donation was made possible through a partnership with The PCH50, also known as The Fifty. The PCH50 has a mission to harness the energy, enthusiasm and experience of 50 driven community leaders as the next generation of supporters of Phoenix Children’s. The PCH50 committed to raise $1 million in 2022 to support the development of a Simulation Training Lab at the hospital. This latest donation from Republic Services means they are halfway to that goal.

“The simulation lab will allow doctors to practice the newest and most groundbreaking techniques so they can perfect their skills for real life situations,” said Barry Goodrich, current president of the PCH50. “Even more lives will be saved with this new resource.”

A simulation program allows healthcare teams to practice and deliver the very best for every patient they see. Utilizing various technologies, including lifelike mannequins of children and reproductions of body areas where surgery is commonly performed, the simulation science recreates critical healthcare scenarios. With the integration of existing 3D printing available at Phoenix Children’s, doctors will also be able to plan their surgical approach and practice with their operating room teams. Having an on-site simulation center at Phoenix Children’s will allow surgeons to advance their techniques and lifesaving skills.

“Our doctors and surgeons are the very best and having these necessary tools available can mean life-saving results,” said Dr. Daniel J. Ostlie, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery for Phoenix Children’s. “We are so grateful for our partners over at Republic Services and the PCH50 whose passion in helping fund this simulation lab is truly incredible.”

Surgeons will also be outfitted with commercially available stress and heart rate monitors, such as watches, and will receive feedback of their own physiologic response to high stress scenarios so that they can improve their performance. They will also have access to video debriefings once they complete a simulation lab and can be “coached” on how to improve.

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