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Peconic Bay Medical Center unveils the Kanas Family Simulation Lab

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Peconic Bay Medical Center unveils the Kanas Family Simulation Lab

The region’s only hospital-based simulation lab revolutionizes healthcare worker’s education in Eastern Suffolk County


RIVERHEAD, NYPeconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) announced the opening of the Kanas Family Simulation Lab, an advanced training facility for nurses and medical professionals. The space is equipped with state-of-the-art simulation technology designed to educate clinical staff so they can hone their skills and prepare for a wide range of complex medical scenarios.


The simulation lab is named in honor of the generous contribution by the Kanas Family and was celebrated with a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony attended by PBMC staff and John and Elaine Kanas. As the only simulation lab of its kind available in Eastern Suffolk County, this cutting-edge facility represents a significant milestone in the hospital’s commitment to delivering unparalleled patient care through advanced training and professional development.


“PBMC is incredibly proud to have the region’s only simulation lab so our medical teams are equipped with the resources they need to deliver exceptional patient care,” said PBMC Executive Director Amy Loeb, EdD, MBA, R.N. “The best teams practice and we believe it is imperative to invest in our staff’s professional growth, implement the most advanced technology available and doing everything in our power to enhance patient outcomes. We are grateful to the Kanas Family for believing in this as well.”


The Kanas Family Simulation Lab at PBMC features a High-Fidelity Simulation mannequin that replicates life-like responses to offer staff a chance to practice in a realistic patient environment. The mannequin closely resembles human anatomy and responds verbally, imitating a real human patient. The room is equipped just as a real patient room would be, with defibrillator and IV equipment to complete real-life simulations on the mannequin. Among the mannequin’s capabilities, medical teams using the center can listen to lung and heart sounds that follow human patterns—and fluctuate based on diagnosis—do CPR and use defibrillation technology to create a simulated code with vital signs. Moreover, observers monitoring the training sessions will be able to control the mannequin’s reactions to offer the most realistic experience possible.


In addition to professional development, the lab will also be used extensively as part of PBMC’s nurse residency program as a means of introducing nurses to new situations in a low-risk environment. PBMC leadership also envisions the simulation center serving as an effective recruitment tool, as aspiring clinicians and medical professionals from other hospitals will travel to PBMC to use this state-of-the-art technology.


The unveiling of the Kanas Family Simulation Lab coincides with National Nurses Week 2024, underscoring the hospital's dedication to celebrating and honoring the invaluable contributions of nurses to the healthcare community. For more information about PBMC and its vision to expand life-saving care to the 250,000 people in Eastern Suffolk County, visit:



About Peconic Bay Medical Center

Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 200-bed nonprofit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and womens health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.