Virtual hospital is a medical classroom

By WEEK Producer

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Crews were putting the finishing touches Friday on the new 6-story building that will house the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.

Its a working medical classroom where the latest innovations in simulation education will help train doctors and other medical professionals from across the region.

"We have an entire virtual hospital," explained Dr. John Vozenilek, the chief medical officer of the center. "(it has) a ward of patient rooms, an ICU, an operating room - and the whole structure is set up so that its about 100-percent fidelity to the real clinical environment."

For example, the operating room has an adjoining control room where procedures can be facilitated and monitored.

There will even be simulated patients - manikins that can talk, breathe, cry and sweat.

"This is a real dream come true. This type of space represents a world-class vision," said Vozenilek. Frankly, I think you'd have to look very hard throughout the world to find anything that comes close to this space."

A collaboration of OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the $50-million center will also provide state-of-the-art EMT training.

Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois has donated a simulation ambulance to Jump's regional transport center. That part of the facility also has its own apartment and high definition cameras and microphones to record training sessions.

"Now you'll be able to watch yourself on video replay and have the entire experience critiqued by your peer instructors so that you can repeat the kind of behaviors and patient care that you want," said the CEO of AMT, Andrew Rand.

The ribbon cutting for the new simulation and education center is scheduled for April 25th.