A unified interprofessional facility serves as a new gateway on the Virginia Beach campus. The Center incorporates a wide range of teaching laboratories that simulate real-world medical environments with both Meti and Laerdal simulation mannequins. The activities of the 'daily living lab,' sonography, radiology and polysomnography teaching laboratories are also used as functioning clinic spaces in support of community health. The sustainable design of the RHPC supports the LEED Platinum aspiration of the Operation Smile project.
The Center features two highly innovative spaces. The instructional ambulance bay allows students to extract an untethered simulation mannequin from a car, transfer that mannequin to a simulated ambulance that moves and is equipped with medical gases, and then to a simulated emergency room. In the heart of the facility, a two-story “house” functions as a teaching lab for both activities of daily living and emergency technician training.
- 65,000 GSF
- Teaching labs
- Clinical Spaces
- Emergency Medical Tech
- Occupational & Physical Therapy
- Health IT
- Respiratory Therapy
The gateway facility, the first of two phases that will collocate all health professions programs, anchors the campus expansion implemented in accordance with the master plan. Tidewater’s program has a strong working relationship with the Sentara medical system; the interprofessional facility includes clinical spaces as well as educational spaces.