Mayo Clinic opens Barr-Weaver Simulation Center

Published On: Feb 06 2013 04:01:38 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 06 2013 04:13:57 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Medical teams and community organizations can learn and practice medical skills in a safe, highly realistic environment with the opening of the Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

In the Weaver Simulation Center, medical teams can practice everything from basic skills to the most complicated scenarios with stunning realism, before patients ever need care.

T he center will occupy 9,600 square feet of a two-story addition to the Vincent A. Stabile Building and was funded by a $7 million gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, along with gifts from other benefactors.

"Through medical simulation, we can provide interactive, hands-on training that enhances the safety of our patients and staff," said William Rupp, chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Our community is so fortunate to have the Weavers, who care so deeply about advancing the health and well-being of all our residents."

The center includes replicas of actual facilities at Mayo Clinic including an operating room, intensive care suite and inpatient and outpatient rooms. It will be used by all staff to practice skills from housekeeping to surgery.

The facility's 60-seat learning center is available for medical teams to watch and evaluate simulations, and for community groups to conduct educational programs.