Power Construction Building Rosalind Franklin University Campus in Huntley
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Power Construction Building Rosalind Franklin University Campus in Huntley

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:45

In December, Power began work on the new campus for the Rosalind Franklin University – Chicago Medical School on the third and fourth floors of the Centegra MOB.  The build-out includes classrooms, offices, student gathering areas, and a simulation center.     

A 20,000 sf Simulation Center is transforming the fourth floor into a mini-hospital complete with exam rooms, ORs, ICU, trauma rooms, pediatric rooms, mother and baby rooms — all built to the same specifications as an actual hospital space.  In addition, there’s a room designed to simulate the inside of an ambulance to provide additional trauma training.  These “hospital rooms” will provide opportunities for students to train in realistic, work-based settings without impacting actual patient care.  They use static models, student actors, and sophisticated mannequins in simulations where students can learn clinical behaviors, interpersonal communication skills, and clinical reasoning.  Strategically-placed control rooms enable instructor interaction during the simulation; recording capabilities allow for post-simulation review and critique by fellow students, instructors, and on-campus physicians.  Research has shown that working through simulated experiences instills greater cognitive skills in the students who feel more confident and better prepared to work with actual patients.

The RFU Internal Medicine Residency program complements the Centegra HealthSystem master plan goals of capturing the spirit of patient-centered care and creating a true community resource in McHenry County.  The program will offer direct access to both hospital and primary care physicians, and provide experiences in a variety of health care settings on campus, including the new Hospital  and Medical Office Building (both built by Power in 2016), as well as an Ambulatory Care facility and Health Bridge Fitness Center. 

As stated by the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, “Centegra takes our responsibility to the people we serve seriously and reflects these values when we are training competent caring lifelong learners and practitioners of medicine.”

The Huntley campus of the Rosalind Franklin University – Chicago Medical School will open in summer of 2017.