Celebrating Our Grand Opening

More than 400 people, including local dignitaries joined officials with OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois today in celebrating the official grand opening of the new, world-class Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.

Dr. Vozenilek Leading Tour During Jump Opening“Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center will redefine clinical training, research and education,” said Kevin Schoeplein, CEO of OSF Healthcare System. “It will improve the safety and quality of health care that we provide for our patients. It is seldom that we can say about an event that we were present for the first step of a revolution in health care and medicine, but that is exactly what we are witnessing here today.”

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, or Jump, is a collaborative effort by OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. A virtual hospital, Jump combines actual medical equipment and the latest simulation technology to better education, performance training and research with the goal of ultimately improving patient health outcomes and lowering health care costs.

A ribbon-cutting followed a Blessing and Dedication ceremony conducted by the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.

“These exciting developments are not just about a new building, this is about using every tool in the toolkit – and building new tools when we must – to bend the cost curve and increase the quality and safety of the care we provide,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Officer for Jump.

Built on the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center campus in downtown Peoria, the

$51 million project was made possible, in part, thanks to a generous $25 million donation named for Jump Trading, a Chicago-based trading firm, where Bill DiSomma is a managing partner.

“At the heart of medical education and at the heart of patient care, is communication,” said Dr. Sara Rusch, Regional Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. “It is learning how to sit down with a patient, face to face, and listen to them; It’s learning how physicians and nurses communicate so that the whole health care team works together seamlessly. We will recruit and retain the best students, residents and practicing physicians because of Jump.”

Another unique aspect of Jump is medical innovation, pairing of clinicians and engineers, including those at the University of Illinois. “These are the kinds of tools that will break open new fields of inquiry not imagined even a few years ago,” said University of Illinois President Dr. Robert Easter.

More than 500 simulation training events for physicians, clinicians, and first responders already have been scheduled in the first six months following Jump’s opening.

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