Architects Share UTHSC CHIPS Simulation Center Design Features
Host to next week’s 8th annual SimGHOSTS event, recently brg3s Architects shared on ArchDaily.com about the design features of the brand new University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation. This stats-of-the-art 61,000 sqft facility is a shining example of a simulation center build from the ground up, allowing for interdisciplinary training and the most effective learning spaces. The new CHIPS building acts as a modern connection between the diverse, urban elements, responding to multiple variables through form, materiality, and function.
The Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation is the first facility of it’s kind in the state of Tennessee and is one of few in the country pioneering the concept of cross-disciplinary facilities for the healthcare field. This new step in higher education seeks to elevate the student experience through an environment which offers a friendlier pedestrian environment, an immersive clinical experience and more purposeful means of connecting to staff and peers.
The University of Tennessee Memphis campus has historically struggled with a cohesive, pedestrian-friendly campus, adding structures throughout time with little consideration of consistency or ease of access. The CHIPS building acts as a modern connection between the diverse, urban elements, responding to multiple variables through form, materiality, and function.
This design is not only aesthetically pleasing but valuable through the means in which it serves the University’s host of cross-disciplinary scholars. In addition to facilitating physical and aesthetic connections for the surrounding context, the CHIPS building also provides a means of progressive student learning. Interior spaces such as the skills labs and multi-purpose classrooms can be transformed based on the needs of multiple healthcare disciplines.
Each classroom experience is designed to provide immersive situations which imitate real-world functions of staff and patient flow. Together these elements, of creating a consistent aesthetic, providing a safe and comfortable environment for the individual and designing a space that functions seamlessly with multiple educational itineraries, act as a tool which continues push the boundaries of healthcare education.
The Simulation Program is committed to fostering education, research and professional development with a focus on enhanced clinical skills and patient safety through the use of simulation. The Program is supported by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), in conjunction with a generous grant awarded by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. Some activities are also supported by a grant from the Assisi Foundation.
The Simulation Program supports and facilitates the integration or expansion of clinical simulation (encompassing the use of standardized patients/family members/colleagues, task trainers, high fidelity human patient simulators, or virtual reality simulations) into professional degree programs and residency training programs across the UTHSC. One major focus is the development and implementation of interprofessional learning opportunities with the expressed purpose of bringing together learners from two or more health professions to learn from, with, and about each other, building healthcare teams that work more effectively and improve patient outcomes.