UT now responsible for full $36M of Sim Center cost
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:12
The University of Toledo is now responsible for the full $36 million cost of the new simulation center project on the Health Science Campus.
Originally the costs for the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center were intended to be shared between UT and ProMedica, a regional health system that operates several hospitals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. According to the original plan, the university was to put forth $18 million and Promedica was going to match that amount.
“They were going to put money into the construction and we were going to put money into the construction,” said Jeffrey Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs. “Then last spring they decided strategically to not proceed with that model. But that is not to say that they will not consider that in the future.”
Tedra White, director of media relations for ProMedica, said the two organizations are maintaining an ongoing discussion on the possibility of future collaboration.
“ProMedica and UT have developed a broad clinical educational relationship including providing sites for a significant number of clinical education experiences for UT students and residents,” White said in an email. “In addition, ProMedica staff, residents and fellows participate in educational sessions in the Simulation Center, receiving valuable training.”
Gold said the Karl Storz program, a manufacturing company for surgical equipment, has named the IISC a nationally recognized Center of Excellence. In doing so, the company has agreed to give state-of-the-art medical equipment to the IISC, so long as the center maintains excellent standards.
“That is millions of dollars of technology in an ongoing fashion, as well as bringing people to this community to demonstrate the state-of-the-art surgical technology that they manufacture,” Gold said.
He also said there are many philanthropic donors contributing to the construction of the center.
Phase two of the IISC is scheduled to be finished Spring 2014.