VA Maryland Health Care System
Award Winning Augie Hernandez is REdi
Practice makes perfect, in a clinical setting, simulation learning helps health care providers practice as often as they wish to challenge themselves and master their skills using an array of robotic mannequins that duplicate every medical emergency possible. Enter Agustin Hernandez.
At the VA Maryland Health Care System, Hernandez is an education specialist who oversees the function of the clinical simulation learning lab. For his dedication and excellence in helping clinicians keep their skills tip top, he recently bested seven other nominees from across the nation and was awarded the 2015 Under Secretary Award for Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research. He was recognized with one of four newly-established awards for Excellence in Clinical, Simulation Training, Education and Research for his expertise in the field of simulation training and for the Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI) program that he launched at the VA Maryland Health Care System soon after he arrived in 2013. Before joining the VA Maryland Health Care System, Hernandez served as the program director and instructor coordinator for the Medical Education and Training Program at Fort Detrick, Md.
"We're proud and thrilled that Mr. Hernandez has been recognized with this national honor. He's dedicated himself to the REdI program throughout the region, working hard to ensure that VA clinicians continue to perfect their skills,” said Dr. Adam Robinson, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System.
Hernandez has been instrumental in integrating the REdI program with other simulation training through this role as the Simulation Task Force chair. He provided informational briefings to the regional leadership and staff, promoting the use of REdI techniques and strategies and paving the way for the adoption of the REdI program throughout the region. He has advanced Resuscitation Education Initiatives through simulation conferences, publications, VA Network broadcasts and any way possible to spread the word about simulation learning and adult training.
"The REdI program has had a significant positive impact on the basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support skills of VA Maryland Health Care System practitioners. After trainings, clinicians have commented that they are much more confident in their abilities and therefore, better able to serve veterans,” said Joseph A .Williams, Jr., the director of the VA Capitol Health Care Network.
"I was surprised when hearing the news that I had been selected for the award,” said Hernandez, who is also an adjunct faculty member for the Allied Health and Continuing Education for Frederick Community College where he teaches pre-requisite courses for allied health personnel.