Jared M. Kutzin, DNP, MS, MPH, RN, CPPS
Dr. Kutzin is the Director of Simulation at Winthrop University Hospital. Previously, Dr. Kutzin was the Director of the Simulation Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (NJ) and the Director of Nursing & Clinical Simulation at the Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning (IMSAL), part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC).
Jared received a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia University. He then received a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England College of Medicine.
He started his simulation career with the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, and is a past chair of the Nursing Section of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He currently serves on the SSH membership and certification Committees and chair’s the CHSE recertification process.
In 2012, Jared completed the clinical quality fellowship program (CQFP) offered by the Greater New York Hospital Association and United Hospital Fund where his project examined the process of getting blood to the bedside of hemorrhaging obstetrical patient. He continues to work clinically as an emergency nurse and is faculty at the New York Institute of Technology College of Medicine.
Jared has presented at and helped plan the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Annual Congress. He has presented at the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) conference, the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) meeting, and many local and regional conferences and workshops.
Jared’s research interests include investigating the human factors that affect the quality and safety of healthcare, the quality and safety of prehospital care, and the use of simulation as an educational method.
Patricia Ripp Janicke, BS, RN
“Trish” is the Associate Director of Simulation Education at Winthrop University Hospital. Previously, she was the Nurse Educator for the Neuroscience Unit where she planned, coordinated, implemented and evaluated all of the unit based clinical and educational initiatives. In addition, she coordinated implementation strategies to improve patient safety and compliance with all quality measures. Trish is an active member of the Patient Safety Committee at Winthrop University Hospital and works with her colleagues on the nursing councils. Trish participated in hospital wide educational initiatives including incorporating simulation throughout the mandatory educational days attended by the adult nursing staff. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for improving the safety and quality of patient care by using simulation as an educational tool.
Trish completed the IMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts and is a TeamSTEPPSTM Master Trainer. She is certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as an ACLS and BLS Instructor. Trish is certified by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) and a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN). She is also an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
Trish has had poster presentations at the LIHN Annual Symposium and the Annual Neurocritical Care Society Meeting. She has presented lectures for the 9th Annual Stroke and Neurocritical Care Symposium and Winthrop’s Fall Nursing Symposium.
Don Wang, BS
Don Wang is responsible for operations at the Simulation Center and the Community Training Center, an authorized American Heart Association training center at Winthrop University Hospital.
Don received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He combined his love for healthcare and education to serve at Winthrop as Poison Control Educator for the Long Island Regional Poison and Drug Information Center. His passion for community outreach and health education directed him to his role as Osteoporosis Educator for the Long Island region of the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program. Don’s firm conviction to improving health outcomes prompted him to devote his attention to facilitating biomedical research as IRB Systems Associate for Winthrop’s Institutional Review Board. His current role as operations manager at the Simulation Center and Community Training Center affords him the opportunity to maximize the learning experience for all participants.
Jenny Castillo, MD
Dr. Castillo is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Winthrop University Hospital Simulation Center. She attended Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in New York. Dr. Castillo completed the Winthrop University Hospital Faculty Scholars Program in 2013 and received the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2015.
Zach Milligan, EMT-CC
Zach Milligan is a simulation training specialist at the Winthrop University Hospital Simulation Center. Zach is a critical care EMT (EMT-CC) and was previously the assistant chief of the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Zach completed his bachelor degree in Bio-Neuro Science at Stony Brook University. In his role at the simulation center, Zach is responsible for setting up and operating the simulation environment and equipment as well as coordinating various programmatic activities.
Lorena Cardenas, BS
Lorena Cardenas joined the Simulation Center in 2015 as a coordinator. Lorena graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Biology. Previously, Lorena was a standardized patient (SP) with the Clinical Skills Center at Stony Brook Medical School.