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VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center at Lake Nona

Dr. Manny Dominguez (from left), Dr. Haru Okuda of SimLEARN, and VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson in the current SimLEARN at Lee Vista on March 31.
Dr. Manny Dominguez (from left), Dr. Haru Okuda of SimLEARN, and VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson in the current SimLEARN at Lee Vista on March 31. (Courtesy of Orlando VA Hospital)

By the end of this year, the U.S. Veterans Health Administration should complete its 51,000-square-foot Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network National Simulation Center – SimLEARN NSC for short. The Lake Nona Medical City facility will use simulation and other technologies to provide medical training to hospital trainers from throughout the VA system.

The new building is on the campus of the Veterans Medical Center campus that is expected to open in 2016.

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SimLEARN will have 10 classrooms able to accommodate up to 160 students. They will use mannequin-based simulation, virtual patients and virtual environments to learn to train new procedures to other medical staff in areas ranging from outpatient clinics to intensive care wards.

The center will also provide space for the development of new simulation programs and education curricula to address national VA clinical priorities, such as women veterans' health and surgical team training.

FAST FACTS

LOCATION: Lake Nona

START DATE: September 2014

COMPLETION DATE: December 2015

BUDGET: $49 million and on budget and on time, according to a VA spokesman

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Joint Venture Archer Western DeMaria JV VII

EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES: Foundation designed for four additional floors

DESCRIPTION: A 51,000-square-foot simulation center that will provide advanced education to hospital trainers and complement the VA medical center that is being built on the same campus.

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