The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences hosted a groundbreaking today for the $45 million A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building in Tulsa.
The 84,000-square-foot Tandy Medical Academic Building will include a state-of-the-art hospital simulation center to provide training for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The hospital simulation center will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay, enabling students to practice procedures and skills commonly utilized in hospitals across the country.
“The Tandy Medical Academic Building will enable the College of Osteopathic Medicine to continue offering the best medical training in Tulsa,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It will help us fulfill our land grant mission to train physicians to care for the citizens of Oklahoma.”
The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation provided $8 million toward construction of the four-story building. Other significant donors to the Tandy Medical Academic Building include the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Honorable Terry Kern and Jeanette Kern, Tim Headington, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and Jean and Gary Goodnight, D.O. More than $33 million has been generated to date from private gifts and Center for Health Sciences funds to pay for construction.
“We are excited to support the OSU Center for Health Sciences in its efforts to train physicians who want to live and work here,” said Paul Giehm, senior vice president of Trust Company of Oklahoma and Tandy Foundation advisor. “OSU has taken a lead role addressing our state’s health care needs and the Tandy Medical Academic Building will transform the quality of physician and patient care training offered to students, residents, physicians and other health care workers.”
The Tandy Medical Academic Building will include an expanded clinical skills lab, a new osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, a tiered lecture hall, 18 exam rooms, classrooms, two lecture halls, conference facilities, more than 20 small breakout rooms, 55 student study carrels, a student kitchen and additional faculty and staff office space to accommodate the increased student population at OSU Center for Health Sciences.
“The OSU Center for Health Sciences and College of Osteopathic Medicine have been a vital medical education training facility in Tulsa for more than 40 years. The Tandy Medical Academic Building will only further advance our outstanding reputation for training quality primary care physicians,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “Our students, residents and faculty physicians provide treatment for thousands of Tulsans every year through our clinic system and the OSU Medical Center. The state-of-the-art training that will be provided in the Tandy Medical Academic Building will help us utilize the best treatment and prevention options to combat the many health disparities that continue to plague our community.”
The clinical skills and osteopathic manipulative medicine laboratories will be nearly double the square-footage of existing facilities on campus. The labs will include broadcast equipment that enables students to watch professors demonstrate clinical techniques, like casting or suturing, on large-screen monitors around the room.
“Technology upgrades in the classrooms and laboratories include programmable mannequins that breathe, blink, bleed and talk to the students. These simulation devices test students’ clinical skills as they respond to any number of programmable medical situations, ranging from childbirth to cardiac arrest,” said Robin Dyer, D.O., associate dean for academic affairs “These scenarios are designed specifically for simulation learning, giving students the opportunity to practice working as part of a health care team responding to life-threatening situations.”
The Tandy Medical Academic Building will be a community resource, enabling OSU to strengthen training partnerships with health care educators and providers in Tulsa and across Oklahoma.
The Tandy Medical Academic Building will be utilized by OSU-COM students, resident doctors, physicians, faculty, first responders and other allied health professionals for hospital care training. The building will facilitate training, educational programs and camps for thousands of medical residents, nurses, emergency services personnel and other health care professionals from across the state, as well as students from public, private and charter schools.
Construction on the Tandy Medical Academic Building will also include an adjoining five-level parking garage. OSU officials anticipate the building will be completed in 2017.
FlintoCo is serving as construction manager on the building, which was designed by Dewberry.