PEORIA, Ill -- A ceremonial blessing was held Thursday morning for the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.
After the ribbon cutting, tours were offered for the official opening of the medical education center.
Jump is a collaborative effort through the partnership of OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Some of the highlights of the facility include simulated intensive care, a virtual operating room, skills labs, and virtual patient and trauma rooms.
"People will be able to practice in an environment that's just like what they're going to see when they're seeing real patients,” says the U of I College of Medicine Regional Dean Dr. Sara Rusch. “And putting all those pieces together: nursing, physicians of all disciplines in a medical school, there's probably only four or five places in the entire country that have done that so far."
Medical professionals hope the facility will invite engineers wanting to test medical devices in a realistic atmosphere.
They also predict that Jump will grow the Peoria medical district by recruiting doctors and nurses directly from the school.