It was probably 30 minutes after the announcement speeches ended on Friday that the real work at Jump began.
Witnessing the excitement of one pediatric cardiologist – and the exhilaration in his eye – as he recounted a brief conversation with an engineer said it all. The engineer told him he could produce a 3D model of a heart, similar to what the cardiologist already had been doing at Jump, but with vastly improved detail and in varying materials thanks to a piece of machinery in the engineer’s lab. Surely, with technology’s advancing rates, it would be only a matter of time before they could produce functioning organs, the cardiologist wondered aloud.
This was what the announcement was all about – this new marriage between Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center and the University of Illinois College of Engineering – bringing medicine and engineering together.
Clinicians + Engineers = Jump ARCHES
That certainly echoed what Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, told the crowd on Friday: “I really believe that the future of medicine rests on the discoveries in engineering. And when you can have the Jump Center on the first two floors, engineers on (the third) floor and corporate partnerships on (another) floor, it becomes magical because they will be rubbing shoulders every single day and fertilizing each other’s ideas so that new ideas become new discoveries and new devices very, very quickly.”
For anyone who has followed the rise of Jump, not just its building construction, but the research and education taking place within its doors, you know much of this “engineering in health care” has already been happening over the past year, even before Jump opened its doors. If you’ve walked into the Innovation Lab, you’ve seen the models and devices – many in various stages of development – that help teach and train how to perform a toe tap, how, to drain a pericardium, how to identify abnormalities in ultrasound or insert a bone catheter, just to name a few. Some of these simulator devices exist nowhere else; others exist but perhaps they are crude and provide little realistic educational value; or they simply are too costly, so Jump is developing similar, yet cheaper models.
What Jump ARCHES (Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation) does is expand the existing work at Jump, and it does so exponentially; Like Ford taking a prototype car to production, we are about to experience the ramping up of Jump.
ARCHES = Innovative Health Care Reform
As U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock put it: “At the end of the day, I truly believe health care reform will not happen in Washington, D.C., it will happen in Peoria, Illinois; it will happen in innovation centers like this, where new techniques, new processes, new innovations, and new streamlining of delivery models will allow for better allocation of resources and better training of those practitioners who deliver health care for years to come.”
Jump, and now the Jump ARCHES program, is huge for health care; it’s huge for Peoria. In a region known for earth moving manufacturing, Jump is creating a new era and a new sector in manufacturing – one steeped in biomedical manufacturing.
And of course, none of this would have been a reality without the generosity of a gift named for Jump Trading where Bill DiSomma is a Managing Partner– it was this $25 million gift that originally made Jump Simulation possible and the subsequent $25 million matching gift that is building on that with Jump ARCHES.