University of Nebraska Medical Center officials broke ground today on a $118.9 million center they expect will transform health care education.
The building at 42nd and Emile Streets is to open in the fall of 2018 and will be named the Dr. Edwin Davis & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning – or, for short, the Davis Global Center.
The name, which awaits approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, recognizes a "leadership gift" from the Dorothy B. Davis Foundation of Omaha. Edwin Davis was a longtime UNMC physician known as a forerunner in incorporating new technology to enhance teaching.
Described as the nation’s most advanced experiential health care training facility, the center will feature replicas of hospital rooms and other settings where students and health professionals can practice treating lifelike mannequins. The center also will feature new high-tech visualization and virtual reality tools – some the first of their kind in the world – that will allow students to virtually map a brain tumor or see how a protein folds.
The other program to be housed in the center is the National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness. A floor was added to building plans last year after the university announced that it had received a $19.8 million federal grant to develop a new training, simulation and quarantine center in Omaha that will help federal health care workers train to treat Ebola and other infectious diseases.