Our Team

Our Team

Jane Uhlir, M.D., Executive Director

Dr. Jane Uhlir is the Executive Director of the Gossman Center and the Executive Director for Women and Infants for Swedish Health Services.  Jane completed medical school at the University of Washington in 1978 and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1982 at the University of Washington.  She practiced OB/GYN at Swedish since residency until she retired from clinical practice and began her administrative positions in 2009.  For years Jane did OB/GYN quality work and then system wide quality work as Chief of Staff.  Her training and passion for quality and safety are combined in the simulation work at Gossman.

 

Theresa Demeter, MHA, Director

Theresa Demeter is the Director of the Gossman Center. With 15 years experience in management and education related to Women and Infants Outpatient Services Theresa brings a unique skill set to the management of the Gossman Center. In addition to her responsibilities for the strategic planning and development of the center, she is Director of Women and Infants Outpatient Services and Wellness Services. She is a participating member of the PNW Health Care Simulation Collaborative and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Theresa.Demeter@swedish.org | 206-215-5907

 

Cindy Irwin, MN, RNC-OB; Curriculum and Program Manager

Cindy Irwin is responsible for collaborating with simulation center staff, director, and appropriate content experts, to develop courses, write evidence-based scenarios, and to facilitate and evaluate simulations sessions. She is the Neonatal Resuscitation Coordinator (NRP) for Swedish, and an NRP Regional Trainer. Before her work at the Gossman Center, she was a Postpartum / Newborn Clinical Nurse Specialist and has worked in high risk obstetrics for over 25 years. Cindy has taught obstetrical nursing at the college level, with a focus on simulation. Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics, she is a participating member of the PNW Simulation Collaborative, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

Cynthia.Irwin@swedish.org | 206-215-1703

 

 

 

 


ADJUNCT FACULTY

 

Merllie V. Flores, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Merllie has been practicing nursing in Labor and Delivery for more than 20 yrs. She holds national certification in Inpatient - OB and Sub-specialty certification in Fetal Monitoring. She is an AWHONN Fetal Monitoring Instructor as well as NRP Regional Trainer.

Liz Graf-Brennan, MSN, RN
Liz Graf-Brennan is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the NICU/ISCU at Swedish. She teaches NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) at the Gossman Center.

Kim Watkins, RRT-NPS
Kim Watkins is the Respiratory Care Neonatal Clinical Coordinator at Swedish. She teaches NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), NICU transport education, and respiratory care department education at the Gossman Center.

Richard Breuner, M.D.
Richard (Joe) Breuner is a Family Medicine physician at Swedish. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Washington. He is board certified in Family Medicine. At the Gossman Center, Dr. Breuner trains Family Medicine residents and Swedish physicians in obstetric simulation, including vacuum delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, and shoulder dystocia, including teaching ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) courses.

Patrick Gemperline, M.D.
Patrick Gemperline is a Family Practice physician and serves on the faculty of Seamar and Swedish Family Medicine. He received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Providence-Seattle Medical Center. He is currently the residency site supervisor at Providence and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington. At the Gossman Center, Dr. Gemperline trains Family Medicine residents in obstetric simulation, including vacuum delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, and shoulder dystocia. He is an ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) Course Director and instructor with 20 years of obstetrical experience.

Michael Tuggy, M.D.
Michael Tuggy is a Family Medicine physician at Swedish. He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, WA. He is board certified in Family Practice and Family Practice with Obstetrics, and holds a teaching appointment at the University of Washington. At the Gossman Center, Dr. Tuggy trains Family Medicine residents and Swedish physicians in obstetric simulation, including vacuum delivery, postpartum hemorrhage, and shoulder dystocia, including teaching ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) courses. 

Contact Information

Gossman Advanced Healthcare Simulation
600 Broadway
Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-215-1710
Fax: 206-215-1722
Email: merllie.flores@swedish.org
Monday - Friday | 8am to 5pm
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