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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Lights! Camera! Activate! Dress Rehearsal Simulation Benefits- An Owners View

Lynn Aguilera
Director of Strategic Space Planning and Transition Strategy, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Kathryn Gallagher, MS, RN, BSN, NE-BC
Clinical Advisor, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Kelly Guzman, MSN, RN
President & CEO, Yellow Brick Consulting
Allison Ong
Executive Director of Campus Transformation Project Transition Plan, Loma Linda University Health Hospitals

Even the most diligent planners recognize that issues and gaps are a reality of new facility projects. Early recognition of issues is key to a seamless activation. Varying in topic from signage to equipment functionality, early identification of issues reduces the impact to patient care and staff satisfaction on Day 1. In this session, a group of experienced new facility activation healthcare leaders will share the benefits of Dress Rehearsal in early issue identification. Dress Rehearsal is a simulation-based event aimed at replicating day-to-day operations in the new environment before Day 1 to validate training plans, increase staff confidence, and identify issues. During the session, a Dress Rehearsal framework will be reviewed, including the required resources and timeline. The team will share their experience in planning Dress Rehearsal events, offer practical insights, best practices and lessons learned that can be leveraged by fellow organizations.


1. List the goals and objectives for each Dress Rehearsal event and summarize the benefits of early issues identification through these events.
2. Understand the requirements necessary to execute a Dress Rehearsal event, including timeline, staff, and other resources.
3. Describe common issues encountered in new facility projects with recommendations for prioritization, management, and mitigation.
4. Identify best practices for implementing Dress Rehearsal events for a new department and a new facility project.