Simulation Center: Our Team

Dr. Danielle Hart, MD

Danielle Hart, MD
Director of Simulation, Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, HCMC
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

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Glenn Paetow, MD
Medical Education & Simulation Fellow

Glenn is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year Fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2016.

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Rochelle Zarzar, MD
Rochelle is an Emergency Medicine physician completing a two-year fellowship in medical education and simulation. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2017.

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Brian Cummings, DC
Brian is a simulation specialist at HCMC Simulation Center. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. He previously worked as a Chiropractor for two years before coming to HCMC. He looks forward to helping provide intra-professional training and education at HCMC.

Lisa Fitzgerald-Swenson, RN, BSN, PHN

Lisa Brown, RN, BSN, PHN
Simulation Manager
Lisa is a nurse manager at HCMC Simulation Center and is responsible for operations at the center. She earned an AD at the College of Saint Catherine and a BSN at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. Lisa is committed to integrating intra-professional simulation based education at HCMC.

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Mindi Driehorst, MSN, RN
Simulation Education Specialist

Mindi has been an RN for 10 years with Mayo Clinic Health Systems (MCHS). She received her BSN from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and MSN with emphasis on Nursing Education as well as Leadership and Management degree from Walden University in May, 2016. She has been working with simulation based training through MCHS for the past five years. She is committed and passionate about simulation based education and looks forward to providing intra-professional training at HCMC.

Simulation Center Advisory Committee

  • Danielle Hart, MD - Simulation Center Director and Emergency Medicine
  • Anne Pereira, MD - Internal Medicine
  • Jerome Potts, MD - Family Practice
  • Meghan Walsh, MD - Graduate Medical Education
  • Charlie Moen, MS, MA, EMT-P - Prehospital Emergency Medical Services
  • Mary Peterson, RN, MS - Nursing & Simulation Center Administration
  • Peggy Berg, RN, MA, BSN - Professional Practice, Development and Research

Volunteer Opportunities

Apply by filling out the adult online application form on the volunteer page.

The Simulation Center has two volunteer opportunities offering a hands-on approach to clinical treatments, doing procedures, enhancing teamwork, building communication and patient relationships.

  • Simulation Helper
    The simulation helper's role is to help set up and clean-up for simulations. Most of the time will be spent organizing medical supplies and taking direction from simulation staff to set up simulation rooms with equipment, mannequins, beds, carts and supplies, putting supplies back after a simulation and setting up the room for the next simulation.
  • Volunteer patient or family member actor
    The volunteer actor's role is to act out the particular simulation family member role. This person will receive a scenario, background information and get to practice the role and scenario on a "dry run" prior to the actual program. In addition, this person may also play the role of a patient or a patient's voice. No actual medical procedures will occur, but sometimes the learners may complete an ear or eye exam or listen to lung sounds with a stethoscope on the volunteer actor.