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USF Health CAMLS’ Director Of Operations Distinguished As A Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced

Phillip Wortham, MBA, BA, CHSOS, director of operations for USF Health CAMLS, gets a high-fidelity manikin ready during a Federal Coordinating Center disaster exercise. Pre-Covid photo.


Phillip Wortham, MBA, BA, CHSOS, director of operations for the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS),  is among a group of 25 individuals who are the first in the world to be granted the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist – Advanced designation that recognizes those who have advanced skills in the operations specialist role, have demonstrated leadership, and have influenced the healthcare simulation community beyond their own institution. “I was so excited to learn that I was selected to be in the first cohort of Certified Healthcare Simulation Specialists Advanced,” Wortham said. “It is humbling to know that I join 25 individuals from 4 countries as a healthcare simulation pioneer. Patient safety and quality is key in our communities and around the globe and healthcare simulation specialists play a large role in that.”

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) recently launched this certification process for operations specialists focused on healthcare simulation. According to their website, the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced (CHSOS-A) certification is a portfolio-based certification that distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced operations specialists in their practice in healthcare simulation and serve as mentors and examples to others in the field.

Wortham is a national award-winning healthcare professional with extensive experience in healthcare simulation management and innovation through technology. In addition to his role at CAMLS, Wortham serves as a volunteer Site Reviewer for the Society for SSH. Prior to joining CAMLS, Wortham spent six years leading Intermountain Healthcare’s Simulation Consortium comprising of 24 hospitals and 6 simulation centers as the Simulation Business Director of Operations and Technology.  As a member of the Simulation Executive Council, he partnered with cross-functional team leads for overall strategic vision, and priorities for system-wide learning. He provided direction of design, implementation, and evaluation of all simulation activities, training material, technology, and course outcomes. In addition to his role at Intermountain Healthcare, Phillip served as the Technology Chair for the Utah Simulation Coalition, working to bridge the gap between academic institutions and healthcare facilities through the use of technology and innovation. Prior to his extensive work at Intermountain Healthcare, Phillip held positions as Simulation Operations Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado where he was integral in the development of a new simulation program on the University of Colorado campus. His journey in healthcare started at Denver Health Medical Center as the Chief Video Production Engineer where he oversaw emerging technologies such as Telehealth and video conferencing. As Colorado’s primary safety-net institution, Denver Health provides billions of dollars in uncompensated care and serves as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation.

“I love what I do every day at USF CAMLS,” Wortham said. “I know that the work I am involved in is making a positive impact on the clinical teams, patients, and families we serve. Advancing with the certification of CHSOS-A continues my drive towards the goal of zero harm using healthcare simulation, advanced technology, and innovation. It has rejuvenated my already heavy passion for patient safety and quality.”


See Wortham in action in the video below when USF Health CAMLS joined forces with nearly 20 participating organizations when a C-17 cargo aircraft arrived at Tampa International Airport’s for a Federal Coordinating Center disaster exercise to practice transport, triage and treatment of over 35 simulated patients in the event of a national emergency.