October 29, 2013 — The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has announced a $500,000 capital campaign gift from an unnamed benefactor in support of its plans to build one of the nation’s first education-based simulation hospitals. Designed to lead the field of nursing and health care education into the 21st century, the 5-story, 39,000 square-foot facility will replicate the true flow of activity in a clinical practice and hospital and provide an educational setting for the school’s students. The Simulation Hospital will facilitate interprofessional collaborations, whereby nurses, physicians and other health care professionals will work in teams to improve patient safety outcomes. It will also be a test site for new health care products and patient safety research.
“For 65 years, the School of Nursing and Health Studies has been an innovator in health care education and research”, said Dean Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano. “The Simulation Hospital is the most exciting and forward-thinking initiative in our school’s history. We are exceedingly grateful to this generous donor, whose commitment will undoubtedly inspire others to join our mission of preparing the next generation of health care leaders, while enhancing safe patient care provision in our community and beyond.”
The School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Simulation Hospital is a key priority of the school’s Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, as well as a critical part of the school’s commitment to helping resolve the national health care crisis resulting from patient safety breaches as well as a rapidly aging population of both patients and nurses.
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