The realization of a dream over fifty years in the making, this special facility is the result of the visionary leadership and perseverance of a dedicated group of individuals, alumni, students, administrators, and community leaders… Modern technology, rigorous scholarship, and unfettered imagination meet within these walls to advance new knowledge and uphold timeless truths.
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Key Facts:

  • The four-story, 53,000-square-foot structure of stone and stucco was designed by internationally renowned architects Bermello Ajamil & Partners.

  • “Smart” technology throughout the building incorporates an array of communications, instructional, and Web-based capabilities, allowing for interactivity among educational spaces on site and around the globe.

  • Encompassing 5,500 square feet on the second and third floors, the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research is one of the first facilities in the nation dedicated to fulfilling the vast potential of high-fidelity simulation to improve nursing and health science education.

  • Classrooms, faculty offices, and informal meeting space on each floor foster intellectual collaboration and collegial exchange.


  • Ground Floor Highlights
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  • The Ibis Tribute Wall in the Joan Abess, R.N., Lobby, provides a striking focal point for the center’s two-story light-filled reception atrium. Created by California-based glass artist Christina Wallach, this etched glass display juxtaposes images of Ibises in flight highlighting donor recognition for the building campaign, inspirational quotations, and value statements for nursing professionals of all ages.

  • The plaques on the nearby Honor Wall acknowledge donor support and showcase additional quotations that resonate with the school’s mission and vision. A dramatic staircase fabricated of custom steel and terrazzo winds up the building’s four stories within soaring glass walls.

  • The elegant Alma Jennings Foundation Executive Conference Room features interactive technology that can open discussions in real time to remote participants. Directly across, the Alumni Association Student Lounge is one of several informal gathering places for students in the building. The lounge is accessed from the main lobby’s Lundy Reynolds, R.N., Reception.

  • The HCA-East Florida Hospitals Student Affairs Suite houses spacious meeting and staff offices for advising and career counseling. Current and prospective students and their families are greeted at the Ann Marie McCrystal, R.N., and Hugh McCrystal, M.D., Student Services Reception. The Abby Desnick and Stephen Dresnick, M.D., Conference Room provides a formal meeting area for the Office of Student Services, conference space for faculty, and meeting space for intimate groups.

  • The Baptist Health South Florida Seminar Room and Miami Children’s Hospital Seminar Room provide meeting space that can be opened to create a 50-seat conference area. The Glenda Phillips Bateman Computer Classroom facilitates Web-based learning and online testing; it also serves as a multi-purpose learning resource center with full Internet access.

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  • Two technologically advanced “smart” classrooms, with a seating capacity of 93 (Room 106) and 123 (Room 107), enhance on-site and distance learning. The rooms can be linked electronically to each other and a comparable classroom on the third floor to form a 295-seat “cyber auditorium,” as well as to the laboratory and conference facilities of the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research.

  • At the south entrance to the building, the handsomely landscaped Palm Courtyard offers a serene natural setting for reflection, conversation, and school events. Many of the patio’s bricks are engraved to recognize gifts to the school. The courtyard is graced by La Familia, a marble sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Augustín Cárdenas on loan to the University through the generosity of Ella Cisneros.


  • Second Floor Highlights

  • The Eileen Guilmartin, R.N., Clinical Laboratory and the pediatric clinical laboratory are components of the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research. These replicated clinical labs are equipped with high-fidelity patient simulators that display symptoms of acute and chronic health conditions and respond to interventions in a life-like manner. Strategically located video equipment transmits simulation activities in real time to students and faculty around the center and records them for later viewing and teaching analysis.

  • The Joseph H. Rudnick, M.D., Maternal and Child Health Wing supports the school’s research and clinical expertise across the spectrum of issues relating to maternal and child health. The wing includes the Thelma Gibson, R.N., Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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  • The Drs. Virginia and Roger Medel Center for Pediatric Safety and Research houses the pediatric clinical laboratory, complete with infant, pediatric and birthing simulators, including six offices for faculty with expertise in patient simulation and pediatric health. This center supports the school’s clinical expertise in community-based pediatric and family health.

  • The administration wing includes the Pamela Garrison, R.N., Dean’s Suite, the Korth Family Foundation Conference Room, and offices for the senior administrators including the Fredric and Lundy Reynolds Office for the Associate Dean for Community Affairs. The adjacent Francesca and Glenn Halpryn Terrace provides an outdoor haven for faculty, staff and students and an intimate event space.


  • Third Floor Highlights


  • In addition to housing two wings with faculty offices, Mr. A. Kirk Landon Nursing Research Suite, and a smart classroom with 79 seats, the third floor is home to the headquarters of the International Academy for Clinical Simulation Research.

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  • High fidelity patient simulation enables students to improve their clinical and critical thinking skills prior to interaction with patients. In light of the growing emphasis on clinical competency and improved patient and health care worker safety, simulation will become an increasingly important tool for healthcare educators in the years ahead.

  • The academy’s third-floor facilities include administrative offices and a multi-functional two-bed suite that can replicate critical care/operating room/emergency room units as in any hospital. In addition to providing building security and central control of all computer circuitry, the nearby control room represents the technological “brains” of the academy. The room’s one-way observation window allows faculty members to monitor activities and modify simulation scenarios in progress with students.

  • The microsimulation computer laboratory enables students to practice basic skills and review patient scenarios through interactive programs and various Web-based resources. The academy’s conference room can be used for student debriefing after scenarios, as well as video conferencing with other telehealth activities with local and global partners around the world.


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