Harvard doctor calls Peoria health care an international model

By Anna Yee

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local doctors and nurses are using parts of the past to "jump start" the future of medicine.

On Wednesday, more than 40 medical professionals presented their latest findings at the annual Research Symposium.

One of those viewing those findings was Dr. James Gordon, Director of the Gilbert Program in Medical Simulation at Harvard Medical School and Dir. of the Learning Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gordon says he applauds the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and OSF health care for partnering on both research and education.

Dr. Gordon says having a "virtual hospital" at the new Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center will lead Peoria into a new era of health care.

"I really am here to congratulate and applaud the community for putting together not only a national model," said Dr. Gordon, "but potentially an international model for how you can weave routine practice for high quality care into the everyday work of taking care of patients."

"It's our goal today to inspire, to ignite a passion for this area of research," said Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Officer of the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, "because it is so very directly impacting patient care outcomes."

The Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center opened in April.