Simulation Center: Our Team

Dr. Danielle Hart, MD Danielle Hart, MD
Director of Simulation, Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, HCMC
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
Lisa Fitzgerald-Swenson, RN, BSN, PHN Lisa Fitzgerald-Swenson, RN, BSN, PHN
Simulation Manager
Lisa is a nurse manager at HCMC Simulation Center and is responsible for operations at the center. She earned an AD at the College of Saint Catherine and a BSN at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. Lisa is committed to integrating intra-professional simulation based education at HCMC.
Aaron Simpson Bio Small Photo Aaron Simpson
Simulation Specialist

Aaron is an Emergency Medical Technician and an Army Healthcare Specialist with over 20 years of emergency medical experience in both civilian and military environments. He has been working as an EMS Educator for over four years and specializes in medical simulation applications and emergency medical treatment in austere environments. Aaron is committed to realistic medical training through high fidelity medical simulations.

Simulation Center Advisory Committee

  • Danielle Hart, MD - Simulation Center Director and Emergency Medicine
  • Anne Pereira, MD - Internal Medicine
  • Joan VanCamp, MD - Surgery
  • Jerome Potts, MD - Family Practice
  • Meghan Walsh, MD - Graduate Medical Education
  • Charlie Moen, MS, MA, EMT-P - Prehospital Emergency Medical Services
  • Mary Peterson, RN, MS - Nursing & Simulation Center Administration
  • Peggy Berg, RN, MA, BSN - Professional Practice, Development and Research
  • Suzanne Begin, CFRE, GPC - Hennepin Health Foundation President

Volunteer Opportunities

Apply by filling out the adult online application form on the volunteer page.

The Simulation Center has two volunteer opportunities offering a hands-on approach to clinical treatments, doing procedures, enhancing teamwork, building communication and patient relationships.

  • Simulation Helper
    The simulation helper's role is to help set up and clean-up for simulations. Most of the time will be spent organizing medical supplies and taking direction from simulation staff to set up simulation rooms with equipment, mannequins, beds, carts and supplies, putting supplies back after a simulation and setting up the room for the next simulation.
  • Volunteer patient or family member actor
    The volunteer actor's role is to act out the particular simulation family member role. This person will receive a scenario, background information and get to practice the role and scenario on a "dry run" prior to the actual program. In addition, this person may also play the role of a patient or a patient's voice. No actual medical procedures will occur, but sometimes the learners may complete an ear or eye exam or listen to lung sounds with a stethoscope on the volunteer actor.