Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center

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Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center

Iowa's First Fully Integrated Simulation Center

The Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center is the first fully integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare simulation center in Iowa. We support future and current health care workers, from credit to non-credit students, as well as contracted training health care partners throughout the community.

This 12,000 square-foot facility features:

  • Seven patient care areas
  • Ten medical simulators
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual technology platforms
  • Air Ambulance landing pad
  • On-Site Ambulance

The Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center opened in the fall of 2009 on the Kirkwood Community College main campus. A 12,000 square foot facility on the west end of Linn Hall, the Healthcare Simulation Center serves students in the college's 20 credit and non-credit nursing and Allied Health programs, as well as area hospitals, EMS agencies, medical facilities, and individual health care providers.

Kirkwood Community College's vision is to invent, develop and deliver learning solutions for the 21st century. Its mission is to identify community needs, provide accessible quality education and training programs, and promote lifelong learning.

Within that framework, the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center is committed to providing quality, realistic health care simulation solutions for our nursing and Allied Health students and to health care providers throughout the community and the state.

The Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center provides customized training delivered at the center or on-site at health care, EMS and education venues across the state.

For more information and pricing about bringing Kirkwood Healthcare Simulation programs to your institution, please contact:

Katie Lyman


For Providers

  • Difficult Airway Lab
  • Basic Childbirth Lab
  • Advanced Childbirth Lab
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Multidisciplinary Training Using Simulation
  • The Mass Casualty Incident- In-Hospital
  • The Mass Casualty Incident- Pre-Hospital
  • Death and Dying
  • Advanced Disaster Life Support
  • Safety and Communication- The Crew Resource Model

For Educators

  • Introduction to Simulation
  • Running Your Simulator
  • Integrating Simulation into Competency Verification
  • The Art of Debriefing
  • Simulation Kitchen- The Art of Moulage
  • Simulation Kitchen- Basic Body Fluids and Organ Systems
  • The Suspension of Disbelief- Creating a Realistic Environment
  • New Equipment Orientation Using Simulation
  • Process Mapping Using Simulation
  • Standardized Patients and Therapeutic Communication

For Administrators

  • Building a Simulation Lab
  • Building a Simulation Center
  • Grants and Funding Opportunities
  • Simulation and Joint Commission Guidelines
  • Seminal Event Re-creation and Root Cause Analysis
  • Legal Issues in Simulation Training

Additional Information

Katie Lyman, director of Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center

2009 Linn Hall


Angela Eckley, Simulation Center AV technician

2006 Linn Hall

Angi has been in the health care field for over fifteen years. She started working part-time in the simulation center in 2013 and in April of 2015 she joined the staff full-time as the simulation specialist and A/V technician.

Angi has over eight years of experience in emergency/trauma working in St. Luke’s Emergency Department before coming to Kirkwood.


On September 17, 2012, the Katz family donations were honored at a ceremory for the simulation center, where the center assumed its new name: the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center.

Officials honored long-time donor/supporter Bert Katz and others in the Katz family by naming the facility the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center. More than 100 Kirkwood leaders, community partners, and staff attended the Sept. 13 ceremony recognizing the family for more than $1.7 million in donations over the past 13 years.

President Mick Starcevich saluted the donors for “their lasting and valuable gifts” to Kirkwood and other charities in Linn County.

Katz Family Generosity

“At Kirkwood, the Katz family has endowed scholarships that have helped our students by the hundreds for well over a decade," said Starcevich. "In 2001, a gift from the estate of Henry and Sara Katz endowed a substantial scholarship for nursing students."

"Bert’s new gift of $500,000 will endow scholarships for future healthcare professionals. A future scholarship from the estate of Suzanne Katz will endow a major performing arts scholarship. In all, the family’s giving to Kirkwood has totaled more than $1.7 million and created a remarkable legacy here,” Starcevich observed.

Mr. Katz concluded the ceremony with his own remarks. He applauded Kirkwood’s leadership over the years and reminisced on the college’s growth over time. He told a story of a business colleague driving him out “to a farm on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids” in the mid-1960s, and saying there would soon be a college building there.

“My brother Henry used to say, ‘You won’t get anything done without a good boss.’ I have to say Kirkwood has had some great bosses, from Norm back to those founding leaders in the Sixties, up to Mick today," he said.

"And I would think the Cohn family would be pretty proud of how this college has grown on the farm they used to own. We are pleased to put our support into Kirkwood and these worthy students,” Katz added.

Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center
2006 Linn Hall
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404