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About Us

The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation is part of Maine Medical Center’s Department of Medical Education and is the only center of its kind in the state. The facility features three distinct learning environments: the Simulation Lab, the Standardized Patient Lab, and the Skills Lab. Each provides a realistic, high-tech setting that allows clinicians to build or enhance their clinical skills and team communication through repeated practice.

The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation is located in Portland at Maine Medical Center’s Brighton campus.


Our mission is to research and advance the delivery of high-quality, safe, and effective patient care throughout the institution and the region by integrating cutting-edge simulation technologies and educational practices into the training of all learners in a safe, interactive, and transformative environment.


The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation at Maine Medical Center will strive to become a highly-regarded, nationally-accredited, multi-disciplinary learning environment. Using sophisticated simulation technologies and educational practices, we will enhance the quality of care and patient safety at Maine Medical Center and throughout Maine.

Providing a safe, learner-focused, and patient-oriented environment, the Center will promote the inclusion of simulation into the training of all healthcare providers.

By active engagement in simulation-based research, the Center will become a laboratory that discovers and disseminates the highest standards of medical education and clinical care. We will serve as a unique resource to other healthcare providers and educators in the region.


The Simulation Center opened its doors on October 5th, 2010. The 18,000 square-foot facility is a fully dedicated facility for conducting both courses and research related to Standardized Patient and Simulation-based training, with emphasis on improving patient safety.

Equipped with the latest computer technology as well as a state-of-the-art software system, the Simulation Center provides educators and learners with a high degree of flexibility when it comes to designing and playing out new scenarios within the Center. We have the ability to start a scenario in the Standardized Patient Lab (with students and actors) and have it progress so that the “patient” (now a patient simulator) is brought to the Trauma room, then the OR, and then the ICU, finally ending the scenario in the Patient Room.

Hannaford joined the effort in early 2010 with a generous donation. The company’s commitment to economic empowerment, youth development, community support, and a healthy Maine is strongly aligned with Maine Medical Center’s vision of creating a pipeline of well-educated, highly-skilled Maine physicians and nurses. Together, we are creating a training center that will provide the vital resources for medical students and continuing learners, who will, in turn, bring the very best care to the bedside.