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SiMCare Health is a joint venture between HealthPartners and Vital Simulations, a health care development company that promotes and advances best practices through innovative, engaging and immersive simulations for health care professionals.

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Meet our Partners:

Management Team:

Our management team is dedicated to delivering simulation-based learning programs that are engaging and cost-effective.

David Wrightsman

, Director

David Wrightsman sets the overall strategic direction and manages the day-to-day operations at Vital Simulations.  Prior to this he spent several years as a financial systems consultant at eCapital Advisors, working with numerous companies around the Twin Cities area (including multiple Fortune 500 companies).   This involved enterprise-wide implementation and delivery of their budgeting, consolidation and financial reporting systems.

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Chris Merritt

VP, Sales & Marketing

Chris brings 20 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the life science and healthcare marketplace.  He has led commercialization efforts including market creation, product launch and sales force deployment in the medical device and biotechnology industries in start up and mid size companies.  Chris was previously Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mitomics, Vice President of Sales & Customer Care at Timm Medical and Regional Sales Manager, Neurosurgery at PMT Corporation.

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Board of Directors:

Don Gerhardt


Don is former President and CEO of Lifescience Alley, an internationally recognized trade organization serving the medical and life science fields. He has more than 30 years in high level positions within health care organizations including CEO of MedCenters HealthPlan.

Andrew Nelson


Andrew is Executive Director of Research for the HealthPartners Institute of Education and Research, and has provided leadership for this nonprofit, medical/ health care research organization since 1990. Mr. Nelson also serves as a corporate officer for HealthPartners, Inc. HealthPartners is an integrated health delivery system, providing care and coverage to more than one-million people in Minnesota.

Dr. Joann Sperl-Hillen


Joann is a board certified internist and senior investigator in the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in Minneapolis, MN and co- director of the HPRF Center for Chronic Care Innovation. Her primary area of interest is research and quality improvement to improve the care of people with diabetes and chronic disease. Dr. Sperl-Hillen is a current work group member of the Minnesota Diabetes ICSI Guideline and co-author for the BMJ Epocrates resource for type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Norrie Thomas


Norrie is the President of Manchester Square Group; a Board Member of the Patient Access Network Foundation, Washington DC; and Senior Fellow at the Center for Leading Healthcare Change at the University of Minnesota. Previously, Dr. Thomas helped found one of the first pharmacy benefit management companies — Clinical Pharmacy Advantage. She has also held senior management positions at MedCenters Health Plans, Aetna, Clinical Pharmacy Advantage, McKesson, PCS, Eli Lilly, St. Jude Medical, Schering-Plough, and Magellan Health Services. Norrie is one of the founders of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).