CESI History

Our 20-year legacy of moving healthcare forward.

Hartford HealthCare established CESI in 1999 as part of an ongoing commitment to innovation and patient safety. Originally founded to provide clinical staff with hands-on training, CESI has expanded both in purpose and in size over the past two decades. What began as a small training center operating out of a closet has grown into a global training destination for healthcare providers and industry partners.

A brief history of CESI:


  • Center for Advanced Technology debuts in a closet with one manikin


  • We become the first Simulation Center in Connecticut


  • Sim Center expands to an 800 sq. ft. space with 3 simulations rooms
  • Our first contract is signed with the US Navy


  • Steering committee plans for the future


  • CESI relocates to a 10,000 sq. ft. space with 5 simulation rooms
  • First robotic training performed


  • First site in the USA to receive Laerdal’s “Sim Mom”


  • State of CT announces $15 million grant for CESI expansion


  • CESI becomes the first FRS, FES, and FLS testing site in CT
  • CESI Mobile is created through a grant from Jefferson House, enabling training at three nursing homes


  • Expansion construction begins


  • CESI expands to 47,000 sq. ft. and a total of 10 simulation rooms
  • EMS & Pre-Clinical joins CESI


  • First Center in CT to receive “K9 Axel,” our canine manikin
  • Second lab opens





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