August 17, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Governor Phil Bredesen signed resolution #794 designating MERI as a Simulation Center of Excellence in the State of Tennessee. The resolution was introduced by Senator Mark Norris and signed on April 30, 2010.

According to Norris, the General Assembly recognizes organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for Tennessee’s citizens.

Specifically, the MERI Simulation Center of Excellence provides hands-on medical education training and research to enhance patient safety, which results in saving lives and better patient outcomes. The MERI simulations create the best-practice hands-on training environment to develop and demonstrate individual and team care skills in all areas of medical care, emergency and disaster training. MERI’s Simulation Center of Excellence is partially funded by a donation from the Assisi Foundation of Memphis.

According to Norris, “MERI strives to provide the best-possible training experience for Tennessee’s Health Care professionals by supporting research in all specialties of medicine, introducing health care providers to the latest innovations in medicine, and providing all of its students with the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date medical techniques and technologies. “

MERI being designated as a Simulation Center of Excellence reinforces Tennessee’s standing as the best place to live and work for health care professionals and for patients. MERI uses its resources to bring Homeland Security, Department of Defense, EMS and National Guard training to Tennessee, making Tennessee the best-prepared state for disasters.

“Tennessee is fortunate to have such an excellent resource as the MERI, which has distinguished itself as a pioneer in the field of simulation technologies and its employees and physicians continue to strive to exceed their students’ expectations by providing the highest quality medical education possible,” Norris said.

About the MERI

The Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) is a non-profit medical teaching and training school in Memphis, Tennessee, conducting state-of-the-art, hands-on educational courses for physicians, nurses, first responders and other medical personnel from across the country and around the world. A first-of-its kind training and research school, MERI’s use of un-embalmed anatomic donors and virtual and human-patient simulators offers healthcare professionals a unique and authentic training experience . Today the MERI educates more than 11,200 students each year from all 50 states and more than 27 countries.

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