Today’s a day I’ve been hoping for and planning for many years. We are finally breaking ground on the new Health Simulation and Technology Center at FVTC’s Appleton Campus with an official groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon.
I was happy to support efforts of our health dean back in 2000 when she wanted to explore the use of simulators in health care education…human patient simulators. That was just the beginning of an exciting journey in developing a vision for this technology, providing professional development for faculty and staff, and making an incredible impact on the kinds of realistic experiences thousands of our students and health care professionals have had over the years.
The progress we’ve made in integrating simulated experiences into our curriculum also couldn’t have been possible without the wonderful support we’ve received from all of the major health care systems in the area…Affinity, ThedaCare, and Aurora. Each of these partners has assisted the College with a wide variety of support, including several of the simulation units we currently use.
It wasn’t too far into this journey that we imagined a state-of-the-art Midwest training center for simulation technology in health care and turned that imagination into a set of real plans to make it happen. The final element, of course, to make this center a reality was the source of funding, and in April of this year our community supported our capital referendum which included this important facility for the future of health care education and health care services in our region.
This 3-story facility will allow us to take simulation technology to new heights, support the addition and expansion of several health-related progams, and will be the first addition that will completely transform the overall look and feel of the campus that first took shape in the early 1970s. It’s a great day!