Broward College’s Health Sciences Simulation Center Hosts Grand Opening Event
Broward College held a grand opening for its new Health Sciences Simulation Center on Friday, November 21, 2014 on its A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. The event included a keynote address by Dr. Pamela Jeffries, vice provost for digital initiatives at Johns Hopkins University and professor at the School of Nursing, titled “Clinical Simulations: The Places We Are Going and Will Be Going,” and a guided tour of the new facility. Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr., Broward College District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Pamela Stephany and Dr. Mercedes Quiroga, campus president of the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, also spoke at the event.
“The Health Sciences Simulation Center is an excellent addition to the College, and health science and nursing programs,” said Kathleen King, district director, Health Sciences Simulation Center. “Not only will this new facility give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and confidence, it will challenge our students to think critically in real-life, fast-paced situations, in a controlled environment.” Designed as a simulated hospital setting, the Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center is a three-story, state-of-the-art building of which 32,000-square feet is dedicated to creating an engaging, real-life simulated clinical experience that mirrors an acute-care facility. The center includes an emergency department with a triage entrance, exam rooms, cardiovascular suite, birthing suite, medical-surgical room and critical-care room, as well as a hospital-size elevator, which allows for the transport of “manikins” — life-sized, anatomically correct models of the human body. Each floor has a centrally located control room, equipped with audio and video technology to provide effective playback for debriefing sessions, allowing faculty and the simulation team to monitor patient’s rooms and offer guidance to students.
Broward College’s Health Sciences Simulation Center was designed by the architectural firm ACAI and constructed by Gerrits Construction, Inc. and D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.
Several generous donors have helped furnish the center, including the Krause Family Foundation, The Louis and May Jean Wolff Foundation, and Rosemary Duffy Larson.